In project-based learning, students learn through active exploration of real-world challenges and problems, or personally meaningful projects. Being student-centered it creates a greater buy-in from students, in contrast to traditional teaching models where information is dumped and students are expected to memorize and repeat it. At Sylvan STEAM we call our long-term inquiry-based projects PBLs, and each grade creates at least one per year. In a typical year, families and friends are invited on campus for an interactive student-led presentation of their research. Currently, following guidelines from the California Department of Public Health, we can still have our students learn using this dynamic structure of inquiry, but any presentations will not be live on campus.
Examples of past PBLs: