Our biology teeacher used to assign us “projects” for each quarter-year: an insect collection, reading/reviewing a book, dissecting a frog and reporting on it, etc.
It was his excuse for blowing us off and leaving us unattended for days on end.
They made up 1/4 of our grade. But I found out right away that even blowing them off, if I aced all the exams and quizzes, I still squeaked through with a B, and that was good enough for me and my folks…
Learned a lot that way.