While the "real world experiences" are not always valid as projects, I find that presentations generally are. When students sign up to stand in front of the room and share what they've learned, there's a lot more ownership that goes into that, aside from just putting something down on paper. The same goes for papers...many students seem to be putting in half-effort on the writing as the year winds to a close, yet the ones you've chosen to present have come up even higher. Maybe there's something to be said there.
Regardless, the next few days will be dedicated to presentations in all classes. Let's see if they've owned their work and learned anything new.