Project-based learning moves into classrooms

Project-based learning is gaining support in education circles

Students at The Ellis School use the Hummingbird Robotics Kit to explore STEM.

When it comes to classrooms today, students want more than the lectures and quiet classrooms of the past. They want technology to use as learning tools, they want to collaborate, and they want to work on projects that are relevant to their learning and the real world.

Through project-based learning (PBL), students achieve a deeper understanding of lessons as they investigate and attempt to solve real-world problems. Part of this approach’s appeal is its ability to impact students of all ages—kindergarten students can collaborate on and explore problems just the same as high school students.

Educators across the country are integrating PBL into their classrooms.

“It’s about getting away from the ‘perfect experiment,’” said Gary Garber, a physics instructor at Boston University Academy. Garber also oversees the school’s science and engineering lab interns at Boston University and is head coach of the robotics team.

(Next page: How Garber, and two other educators, leverage project-based learning)

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