How can schools and districts prepare students for college and careers in STEM? Is it by asking them to passively read a textbook or listen to a teacher lecture? Or is it by challenging them to actively engage in projects that attempt to solve real-world problems?

In Harmony Public Schools in Texas, we want students to become active learners, problem solvers, and STEM advocates. We want to increase their knowledge, skills, and interest in STEM, and balance student-centered teaching with state and national standards. To do this, we developed a personalized project based learning (PBL) model called Subscribe to Read More

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  • About the Author:

    Levent Sakar is the STEM/PBL activity coordinator and physics curriculum director for Harmony Public Schools, a system of K-12 college-preparatory charter schools focusing on STEM. He began teaching physics in 2002 and has taught in St. Petersburg, Russia; Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; and Houston, Texas. He has conducted numerous presentations on physics, STEM, and project-based learning at national and international conferences.