Project Design Lab
Modeled after a university or corporate R&D laboratory, the Project Design Lab is facilitated by Sustainability Ambassadors and an opportunity for teachers to work in the company of other colleagues, including selected leadership students and members from local government and the business community, to drive student motivation and academic rigor by enhancing curriculum relevance.
Using primary source material such as local sustainability indicators, city comp plans, policy frameworks, technical reports, Green-STEM innovations and green business case studies ensures that learning about real work, doing real work and measuring collective impact become the foundation for 21st Century skill development. The purpose of using community documents is to increase relevance for students through problem-based learning and to align with what our communities actually need to accomplish to improve sustainable conditions for all. We will use the newly released STAR Community Rating System as a curriculum framework. STAR is the first national standard for setting goals and measuring progress developed by and for local governments. It’s really elegant.
FOUR OUTCOMES: Participants will…
1. Learn the principles of sustainable systems thinking applied to a range of current and local sustainability issues, policies and Green-STEM innovations.
2. Integrate primary source curriculum materials in new or existing units to increase academic rigor and relevance associated with solving real-world challenges.
3. Enhance skills in facilitating inquiry and problem-based learning.
Develop a plan for sharing resources and teaching strategies with faculty peers across departments and across the district
Shared Resources Library