Project Based Learning for Science

Project Based Learning for Science
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  • 0:49 School Conservation Efforts
  • 1:47 Example Class Project
  • 2:58 Science Fair
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Instructor: Derek Hughes
Project-based learning can be a useful tool for teaching science. This lesson will provide some examples and strategies for incorporating this method of teaching into your science classroom.

What Is Project-Based Learning?

Each year, Mr. Darwin begins his science classes by telling his students that they are going to be full-fledged scientists by the end of the year. He is going to help them through this transformation by using project-based learning at several points throughout the year. Project-based learning is a teaching/learning method through which students seek to answer key questions through research, the acquisition and evaluation of information, and the presentation of findings to the instructor or the class as a whole.

In science, this instruction method is particularly applicable because project-based learning and the scientific method share many attributes. This lesson will go through several of the projects Mr. Darwin uses in his class to give you an idea of how you can implement project-based learning in your own classes.

School Conservation Efforts

Firstly, Mr. Darwin challenges his science class to answer the question, ''How can our school become more eco-friendly?'' This project tasks students with seeking out a way in which the school can improve their conservation or recycling efforts, coming up with a specific plan that improves conservation efforts, and constructing an argument for why their plan should be implemented.

For example, one year, a group of students in Mr. Darwin's class investigated how the school can save paper. They found that each year, many teachers ordered new workbooks for their students even though the content of the books was the same as the previous year. These students constructed a plan that explained why conserving paper was important and how the school could cut down on workbook wastefulness.

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