Problem-based learning (PBL) is a student-centered approach in which students learn about a subject by working groups to solve an open-ended problem. This problem is what drives the motivation and the learning. (Cornell, 2021) Note: Descriptions for each resource listed below are derived from their respective website.
GLOBE Observer: Welcome to GLOBE Observer, an international citizen science initiative to understand our global environment. Your observations help scientists track changes in clouds, water, plants, and other life in support of climate research. Scientists also use your data to verify NASA satellite data. And by submitting your observations, you can help students of all ages do real scientific research as part of the GLOBE Program. Access the data to use with your students here. Resources include links to community partners.
Buck Institute for Education (BEI)’s Project Based Learning (PBL) Videos: To help schools and districts visualize high-quality PBL in the classroom, BIE has videos showcasing PBL projects from K–12 schools nationwide, including several STEM-themed projects. The projects employ BIE’s research-based Gold Standard PBL model, which emphasizes student learning goals and the incorporation of Essential Project Design Elements (a challenging problem, sustained inquiry, reflection, critique and revision, student voice and choice, and a public product). Teachers can view videos of successful PBL projects that feature teacher interviews and actual classroom footage and highlight projects from a range of grade levels, settings, and subject areas, including STEM.
Ethos Science Center: Envision schools where Science and Technology are taught hands-on! Using materials that facilitate Science learning, while reinforcing Mathematics and English/Language Arts goals, students will learn hands-on from knowledgeable teachers on a regular and consistent basis. Visit the Ethos Science Center website to learn more.
Indiana STEM Resource Network: The I-STEM Resource Network is a partnership of Indiana's public and private higher education institutions, K-12 schools, businesses, and government. It is dedicated to measurably improving K-12 student achievement in STEM.
Portal Resources for Indiana Science and Mathematics (PRISM): PRISM is a free website that provides collections of online resources for Indiana educators in the fields of STEM.
The Global Goals: In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 goals for a better world by 2030. These goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality, and stop climate change. World’s Largest Lesson brings the Global Goals to children all over the world and unites them in taking action. Since our launch in September 2015, Global Goals has reached over 130 countries and impacted over 8 million children each year. All of the resources are free, open source, and translated into over 10 languages. The organization believes in the power of creativity and that all children can find their own individual way of taking action for the Global Goals. The organization encourages you to use their materials to teach lessons, run projects, and engage young people in supporting the Global Goals!
STEM Connection: The STEM Connection provides professional development to empower educators by sharing STEM content knowledge, developing STEM practices, and building confidence to provide more meaningful STEM experiences for youth. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics have an ever-increasing role in the world, and STEM experiences provide an opportunity to engage students early in their academic journeys in order to increase interest in and build positive attitudes toward STEM disciplines.
The National Security Agency (NSA): The NSA works with schools serving kindergarten through 12th grade in a number of ways to promote STEM, as well as foreign language education. The Agency can provide professionals to serve as tutors, speakers (interactive talks on STEM-related topics), judges, assistance with robotics and language clubs, and more to inspire students to pursue advanced studies and promote career opportunities in STEM and foreign languages.
MIT BLOSSOMS: BLOSSOMS video lessons are enriching students' learning experiences in high school classrooms from Brooklyn to Beirut to Bangalore. Our Video Library contains over 100 Mathematics and Science lessons, all freely available to teachers as streaming video and Internet downloads and as DVDs and videotapes.
Science Friday Spoonfuls - Stories for the Classroom: Science Friday Spoonfuls are doses of current science, technology, and engineering stories ready for the classroom. Each Spoonful contains a short piece of media (article, video, radio interview), a transcript (for video and radio), student questions, and activity suggestions for extending student exploration into the science behind the story.
CraftED Curriculum is not only a curriculum geared towards Project-Based Learning but also has opportunities for teachers to learn about PBL. Professional development and support for teachers are services offered by CraftED Curriculum.
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STEM Teach Indiana
STEM Teach Indiana is a Partnership of Center of Excellence in Leadership of Learning (CELL) & Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI). The STEM Teach Indiana program allows teachers who are interested in taking graduate or undergraduate classes, workshops, or attending conferences in the STEM field to receive funding for those activities.