Project-Based Learning in STEM Education

Education is changing. No longer can students afford to sit passively in classrooms memorizing facts and data. Instead, to succeed in todays increasingly complex world, they must develop both foundational competencies (such as literacy and basic mathematics) and 21st century skills (including problem solving, collaboration and creativity) to overcome challenges that have no clear solution.

Project-based learning (PBL) is an educational approach focused on assigning and guiding students through self-directed projects toward clear learning outcomes. Grounded in the proven benefits of hands-on learning, PBLs effectiveness has to do with the increased levels of student engagement and interest thanks to a newfound sense of agency.

At the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), we pride ourselves on weaving the principles of PBL throughout all our education programs. By inspiring students with stories and advice from the NIHF Inductee, we can show the next generation of innovators what they too can achieve.

Excerpt taken from National Inventors Hall of Fame Whitepaper