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How to Use Project-Based Learning in Your Middle School Science Classroom

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Combining trusted teaching approaches with tactile educational experiences through project-based learning promotes meaningful STEM experiences for all students.

Project-based learning allows students to focus on different ways to overcome a challenge or problem by taking time to think critically to reach a solution. Proponents of project-based learning, such as the Buck Institute for Education (BIE), cite benefits including higher engagement, personal responsibility, critical thinking, team building, and preparedness for real-world work situations.

While project-based learning can be used for many subjects, such as language arts and social studies, students of STEM can benefit greatly from this method. When applied to science, project-based learning can help students develop solutions for relevant issues including those affecting agriculture, hydrology, and energy. Project-based learning activities also provide excellent resources to students who are intimidated by STEM and can help them to overcome fear of and even embrace these subjects.

Check out these project-based learning activities that can help engage middle-school students in STEM subjects.

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