Project-Based Learning and the I.D.E.A. Lab at Tower
What Is Project-Based Learning?
Project-Based Learning is an interdisciplinary, academically challenging, dynamic approach to teaching curriculum—providing students with opportunities to investigate authentic, real-world problems and create meaningful solutions. Through Project-Based learning, students develop skills considered to be essential and relevant to their future, such as: critical thinking, collaboration and innovation, as well as presentation and public speaking.
Project-Based Learning methods are effective in building deep content understanding, raising academic achievement, and increasing student motivation to learn.
Is Project-Based Learning Available for Students of All Ages?
Project-Based Learning is integrated into Tower’s curriculum in every grade—from Pre-K through grade eight—complementing the existing curriculum, and providing opportunities for students to gain a deeper connection to their academic foundation.
How Does Project-Based Learning Differ from S.T.E.M. or S.T.E.A.M. Education?
S.T.E.A.M. refers to the subjects of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, which are taught traditionally and then incorporated into a project.
Educators who teach through Project-Based Learning, recognize the lasting benefits of teaching these and other subjects together, through the project. Project-Based Learning work should also be inquiry based, include peer critique/revision, reflection and a public presentation.
What Is the I.D.E.A. Lab?
The I.D.E.A. Lab, a dedicated space designed for Innovation, Design, Engineering and Application, is home to Project-Based Learning at Tower. The lab is designed to support student projects with tools such as CAD software, 3-D printers, and wireless connectivity, as well as workspace for prototyping and testing products. Throughout the lab, students benefit from a workspace that maximizes flexibility, facilitates collaboration and inspires creative thought.