The STEM Quest: Project Based Learning Summer Institute is a rich, four-day, immersive experience where you will design a meaningful, relevant Project Based Learning (PBL) unit for your students in collaboration with your colleagues and community STEM professionals.
Led by nationally recognized faculty members with extensive STEM and STEAM experience, you’ll learn how to craft effective “Driving Questions” that will ignite your students’ interest in learning through critical thinking and problem-solving. You’ll walk away with strategies that empower your students to take ownership of their learning, as they develop critical 21st century competencies (e.g. Collaboration, Communication, Creativity/Innovation, and Critical Thinking) and master the content across the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics.
Science@OC’s STEM Quest: PBL is the only institute that provides you the opportunity to interact with STEM professionals, explore the wealth of resources in our community, and connect with like-minded colleagues from school districts across the county. During the Institute, participants will:
- Discover principles for designing, assessing, and managing standards-focused projects (including Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards) for the 21st century learner.
- Design a science or STEM project using the Buck Institute for Education model and tools, receiving feedback from peers and STEM professionals.
- Develop performance assessments for evaluating student work.
- Acquire strategies for effectively partnering with STEM professionals and community organizations to create meaningful, relevant projects.