Project-based learning is the application of learning through real-world issues and problems. The goal of project based learning is to equip students with the critical thinking skills necessary in today’s society to tackle highly complex issues. Students showcase their learning and understanding to real community stakeholders, not just for their teachers. Another characteristic of PBL is the multiple pathways to understanding, which allows students with various styles of learning to engage in the content in ways that make sense for them. At STEAM Academy, students encounter PBL through all of their courses, often in a multidisciplinary way. Students present their learning in a public format that includes community members, such as Presentation of Learning Nights held each semester.
QUESTION: What is project-based learning?
Project-based learning is a teaching method in which students learn by actively engaging in real-world and personally meaningful projects.
- Students work on a project over an extended period of time - from a week up to a semester - that engages them in solving a real-world problem or answering a complex question.
- They demonstrate their knowledge and skills by creating a public product or presentation for a real audience.
- Students develop deep content knowledge as well as learning to apply the STEAM Habits:
*Active and Responsible Decision Maker *Effective Communicator
*Altruistic and Culturally-Competent Leader *Persistent Learner
*Intentional Collaborator *Creative and Critical Thinker