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Real-world project-based learning connects students and community

Jul 8, 2020 12:00:00 PM / by Rebecca Ellis

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, students in the Houston-area district of Klein ISD approached the damage as an “innovation challenge” and worked to build prototypes of flood barriers to attempt to protect their communities from future storms and wreckage. The students referred to their team as the “Water Warriors.”

However, this is not the only project these students have tackled. Another project the students worked on was called “Operation Lifeline,” where they designed medical packs to be delivered to disaster areas in the case of events like Hurricane Harvey.

In these real-world project-based learning projects, the students are able to collaborate with industry leaders to get feedback on their work, enabling them to not only perfect their prototypes but also collaborate within their communities.

These projects have ultimately allowed students to focus on the prevalent issues in their communities and develop problem-solving skills while also taking risks to carry out a solution. Canva - Clear Light Bulb

“Students can’t just memorize content,” said Jenny McGown, superintendent of Klein ISD, in the article. “They have to identify a problem, test, iterate and refine—put their solutions through the whole cycle.”

These PBL projects are raising test scores in science and math for students in fifth through eighth grades, but more importantly, they are serving to provide these students with a more successful future, developing skills essential for the workforce.

Read the full article here: How solving real-world PBL problems energizes students.

For further resources about developing real-world STEM projects, click here

Topics: Social-Conscious STEM, STEM Education Tools, Promoting Interest in STEM

Rebecca Ellis

Written by Rebecca Ellis