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Inspired by flexible curriculum at the University Laboratory High School (Uni High) in Urbana, IL, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) Student Council and History department collaborated to run a pilot program focused on the relationship between student input and interest in social studies courses. The concept of these “Exploration Sessions” was for the instructor to offer a few historical case studies related to a broad theme from the course syllabus and allow the class to vote for the one that interests them most. The resulting class sessions, tailor-made to the student vote, were assessed with a reflection survey mostly utilizing Likert scale ranks. Data analysis found that the opportunity to vote on course content generated a significant increase in mean student interest (p = 0.024) as well as significant increases in mean interest between regular class sessions and the custom Exploration Sessions (p =

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