An independent day school located in Marblehead, serving pre-k through grade 8

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.

Click here for an example of a Project-Based Learning Assignment. 

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.

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  • 75 West Shore Drive
  • Marblehead, MA 01945
  • Phone: 781.631.5800
  • Fax: 781.631.2292

Tower students are articulate, self-motivated, confident learners who engage in their academic success, develop strong leadership skills, and create opportunities to contribute meaningfully in their communities and the world.




Tower’s teachers champion the value of excellence in elementary education. They’re accomplished at creating a delicate balance – in which a positive process for learning stands alongside a curriculum designed to challenge each and every student. The result? Tower’s students are engaged, confident learners, eager to reach for extraordinary academic success.




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We challenge students to attain personal levels of achievement—on the field and off.

Through Tower’s Athletic Program, students experience the intrinsic benefits of physical activity; the correlation between hard work and personal improvement; and the value of good sportsmanship. Participation is expected of all students. Improved skills for each player are a priority.




Tower's innovative program and modern facility depend upon contributions from our community members.




Join us for an awesome Summer at Tower! Gain coding skills in our technology lab, create work in our art studios  that reflects your personal style, build and command your own robot, sharpen your filmmaking and editing skills, improve your basketball game, gain an appreciation for the outdoors, learn to swim...and make lasting friendships at Summer at Tower!




Welcome to My Tower.

We've included information most often referenced by Tower community members. Here, you’ll gain quick access to Veracross, download forms and permission slips, and discover ways to participate in our vibrant community through the TSPA.



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