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Project Based Learning

In our school we use the teaching method of Project Based Learning,or PBL, to help students learn better. A project motivates students to gain knowledge, and they remember it longer. Projects give students the chance to apply the skills they learn in school to personally relevant and real-world situations.

  • PBL is curriculum fueled and standards based
  • PBL asks a question or poses a problem that ALL students can answer with concrete, hands-on expereinces 
  • PBL allows studens to investigate issues and topics in real-world problems
  • PBL fosters abstract intellectual tasks to explore complex issues


Central Park STEAM/PBL Expo


Project Based Learning: Explained


Types of Projects/Problems

  1. Solving a Real World Challenge
  2. Meeting a Design Challenge
  3. Exploring an Abstract Question
  4. Conducting an Investigation
  5. Taking a Position on an Issue

More about Project Based Learning and Problem Solving Learning

What is Project Based Learning (PBL)

by Buck Institute of Education



An Introduction to Project-Based Learning

by Edutopia





Real-World Problem Solving: Finding Solutions Through Projects




Five Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning

by Edutopia





Project-Based Learning at Clear View Charter Elementary School (Learn and Live) (video)

by Edutopia





Interview with Elon Musk on creating an ideal school (video) with a project-based approach.

Elon Musk is the founder, CEO and CTO of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors; co-founder and chairman of SolarCity, co-chairman of OpenAI; co-founder of Zip2; and co-founder of PayPal.






"Most Likely to Succeed: Schools Should Teach Kids to Think, Not Memorize"

on The Huffington Post



"Most Likely to Succeed Takes In-Depth Look at Outdated US Education"

by The LipTV (interviews with Laszlo Bock, Google VP and more)






Piggy-Bank Friday: Life Skills Through Financial Literacy

by Edutopia







Project-Based Learning: Success Start to Finish

by Edutopia








Collaborative Learning Builds Deeper Understanding

by Edutopia






More About Design Thinking

What is Design Thinking?

by Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, Stanford (video)




Design Thinking with Elementary Students (1st Grade) (video)




Stanford's Design Process for Kids: Teaching Big Picture Problem Solving



Teaching Kids Design Thinking, So They Can Solve The World's Biggest Problems

by FastCoDesign




Design Thinking Articles, several

by KQED News, MindShift



Stanford Webinar - Design Thinking = Method, Not Magic (video)

by Stanford Online ( Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, Stanford)