Why Project Based Learning?
• Engages hearts and minds
Students actively engage with PBL projects which provide real-world relevance for learning.
Students can solve problems that are important to them and their communities.
• Deepens student learning
PBL projects lead to deeper understanding and greater retention of content knowledge.
Students are better able to apply what they know to new situations.
• Exposure to experts and careers
Through PBL, students interact with adults, businesses and organizations, and their community,
while they can develop career interests.
• Creates a sense of purpose
A great project can be transformative for students. Seeing a real-world impact gives them a
sense of agency and purpose.
• Increases 21st century workplace skills
Beyond basic knowledge, students learn to take initiative and responsibility, solve problems, and
• Builds rewarding teacher relationships
Teachers work closely with active, engaged students doing meaningful work, and share in the
rediscovered joy of learning.
• Promotes creativity and technology
Students enjoy using a spectrum of technology tools from research and collaboration through
product creation and presentation.
GPE is supported by Buck Institute, and committed to creating Gold Standard PBL experiences.