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September 17, 2018

THE BIG IDEAS BEHIND THE BIOMIMICRY PROJECT

The Biomimicry project is anchored in the Life Sciences strand of the NGSS standards and also incorporates the Engineering and Technology Sciences strand of the NGSS standards. In other words, it’s an Engineering Design Challe...

Some of the best projects are anchored in authentic issues and problems. Students tackle them with original research and a problem solving approach. I love how Calista, a multi-age teacher in Alberta, developed this type of project called The Buzz on Bees. 

Title: The...

August 18, 2015

Companies use branding all the time when they push their products into the market. They want to influence the way you perceive them as a company and the products they put into the market.

Branding is about intentionally evoking a desired emotional response in a customer...

Title: Builders Without Borders

Grade: 7

Length: 4 - 6 Weeks

Entry Event:

Viewing of “Junk Raiders” - a Canadian reality show that challenges participants to construct structures using upcycled materials on extremely limited budgets. Slideshow of recent tragic environmenta...

Another project idea from a team of teachers in Red Deer, Alberta! 

Title: Community Heroes

Grade: 2

Type of Project: Community Service

Context: There are many avenues in which to make a difference in our community. Many organizations within Red Deer rely on the gener...

Another project idea from a team of teachers in Red Deer, Alberta! 

Title: Creeping, Crawling, Flying

Grade: 2

Context: In response to a teacher’s camping situation, students will act as entomologists to research and identify a variety of bugs that are harmful and/or help...

January 18, 2014

Sarah Fowler is a sixth grade math and science teacher whose middle school offers annual project based learning workshops to all teachers.  This year she decided to participate in the training in order to develop a project for her unit on sustainable energy.  Sustainab...

December 10, 2013

Several years ago, Jennifer Rust, a math teacher at John Dubiski Career High School in Dallas, Texas, attended the first day of a three-day workshop for Project Based Learning (PBL). She came with an open mind, but had her fair share of reservations about PBL’s applica...

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