Workshop C... Discovering PBL Websites And Exploring Competitions


Workshop C... Go through resources below that include PBL Sites and Competitions. List what might be valuable as you plan.

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Find Project Ideas For PBL

BIE Tools – PBL Project Search – Here you will find a collection of 450 proven lesson plans to set any PBL desire into action. Look at the database found on the right hand side of the page.

West Virginia PBL Project Data Base – This is a wonderful site where teachers can search through the subjects of reading, language arts, math, science, social studies, dance, visual arts, theater, and music. You can select from grade two all the way through grade twelve. These are PBL projects made by teachers for teachers!

Learning Reviews – This website claims to connect kids to learning on the web. It really connects kids to awesome, engaging, rigorous, and relevant projects. It points to numerous websites on the internet that house some great PBL possibilities. Be sure to check out all of the subjects and grade levels.

Here are more than 30 websites with free PBL examples, guidance, rubrics, and templates. To see project-based learning lessons sorted by subject go to:


Talladega School Collection - Great collection of PBL resources, projects and ideas.

PBL Academy - Collection of PBL projects including a concentration of math ideas

High Tech High School - Selection of PBL projects from High Tech High in San Diego, California

Envision Schools - Collection of projects from Envision Schools

Wested - Nice selection of exemplary PBL projects

Virtual Schoolhouse - Online and blended PBL ideas for projects

Edutopia - Article pointing to ideas for High School with regards to PBL

Global Schoolhouse - Whether you’re just starting out, or ready for advanced levels — this tutorial will help you implement collaborative, project-based learning on the Internet.

Project Foundry – Any school investigating PBL must take a look. It is the last of my Land Of PBL only because it does carry a cost. Project Foundry is an online learning management and student portfolio system that allows innovative educators to scale authentic, integrated, individualized learning. It really works well in a connected online environment. You will find that this fee-based system includes integration with online tools such as Google Apps and Moodle.

Challenges and Competitions

Siemens We Can Change The World Challenge – Great site loaded with resources, standards, and ideas. Enter the competition or just use the resources that are provided. Applicable to all levels of K-12 education.

Kids Science Challenge – Awesome and inspiring challenges involving bio-designed scientific inventions, sports on Mars, and detective science. Be sure to check out the great podcasts listed in Pulse of the Planet.

Young Scientists Challenge – Great resource for students in K-8. Lessons, multi-media, and other materials that can be incorporated into PBL units.

National Engineer Week: Future City – Great Project-Based Learning Activity incorporating STEAM along with Language Arts and Social Studies. Engage students with Sim City Software, model building, and a new curriculum designed to integrate disciplines.

Google Science Fair - The Google Science Fair challenges students aged 13-18 to carry out a scientific investigation on a real-world problem or issue that interests them. The competition asks them to carry the investigation forward through rigorous experimentation, recording and conclusions.Students compete with peers in their age group from all over the world to win scholarships, internships and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

National STEM Video Game Challenge - Inspired by the Educate to Innovate Campaign, President Obama’s initiative to promote a renewed focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, the National STEM Video Game Challenge is a multi-year competition whose goal is to motivate interest in STEM learning among America’s youth by tapping into students’ natural passion for playing and making video games.

More Challenges

CyberPatriots - Great PBL program based on code and cyber security from the US Air Force Association

Imagine Cup - A wonderful Microsoft Competition designed to push STEM and imagination.

Dupont Challenge - A STEM program promoting "What is Your Challenge?"

Moody's Mega Math Challenge - Program designed to go beyond the content and allow tor math connections to real world.

Who Wants To Be a Mathematician - Great opportunity to explore mathematical knowledge.

Science Talent Search - A great program that allows talented science students to express and demonstrate their talent.

Science and Engineering Fair - Intel brings this amazing competition to the STEM field.

APP Challenge - Do your students have an idea for an APP? Then look at this competition from Verizon.

Biomimicry Challenge - What can living organisms contribute to STEM and engineering? Check it out.

Got Game - A challenge devoted to students wanting to create that game.

National Science Bowl - The National Department of Energy offers this unique experience.

Be The Change - Wonderful idea for social studies and any class promoting positive change.

Scholastic Arts and Writing Award - Great opportunity for writer s and artists.

National Geography Bee - Helps students to get to know the land.

Profile In Courage - What political leader has shown courage. Fits in great to social studies and language arts.

Philosophy Contest - Your students could become the best philosophers as they learn and work together.

CSPAN Video - Use CSPAN resources to create a documentary. Fits any curriculum.