What does Project Based Learning Look Like?
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The projects illustrated here represent a variety of communities, grade levels, and types of classes from across the country. Choose from the list below to link to a project, or narrow your search by sorting projects by specific characteristics.

Salmon Project
Lori Leberer, Bilingual Orientation Center, Seattle, WA
Students use the Life Cycle of the Salmon to give context to studies. They partner with the Seattle Aquarium to create a series of striking murals.

Community Connections
Andrew Davis, Crescent Valley High School, Corvallis, OR
At-risk eighth grade students immerse in project-based summer experiences which blend counseling services, and rigorous and relevant courses to help students create projects such as poetry put to music, a play performed in French, and a photography exhibit.

Tropical Rainforest Interactive Presentations
Beverly Brown, GASC Technology Center, Flint, MI
Students research and build a working rainforest simulation and create lessons and hands-on science experiences for elementary students.

Quilting Across the Curriculum
Meggan Stordahl, Jackson Hole High School, Jackson, WY
Students learn textile arts and work with K-12 classrooms throughout the District in an effort to encourage teachers to use quilts as a medium for exploring themes in the curriculum.

Kalo Inc.
Ku Kahakalau, Kanu o ka 'Aina School, Kamuela, HI
Students run a multimedia production business to produce saleable products relating to Native Hawaiian language, culture, and traditions using cutting edge media tools.

Get A Grip
John Holmes & Heather Sattlelie, Marshall High School, Milwaukee, WI
Students produce industry quality video productions while successfully balancing client needs, time, academics, technical skills, and budget constraints.

Redesigning the Commons
Deena Zarlin, Mendocino High School, Mendocino, CA
Students work with teachers, administrators, and community members on all aspects of designing, planning and constructing a new commons area for the school.

Living History Day
Susan Roberts & Linda Grant-Barker, Milwaukie High School, Milwaukie, OR
Students coordinate, help organize and prepare for an annual Veteran's Day event that hosts Veterans of Foreign Wars for a day of panel discussions, activities, speeches, and live entertainment.

The Amazing Adventures of Kennewick Man
Roger Nieboer, Nay Ah Shing, Onamia, MN
Students research and produce a comic book that is a vehicle for exploring complex issues related to historical "truth" and cultural pride.

eco-mania
Michelle Swanson & Barney Jones, Redwood High School, Larkspur, CA
Students engage in a yearlong process to produce a play and audiograph that bring hard questions about environmental conservation to a national audience.

Opera for Everyone
Karen Matsunaga, Roosevelt High School, Honolulu, HI
Students produce masks, logos and other products based on their studies of operas performed each year by Hawaii Opera Theatre.

Bridges Project
Leslie Texas, Southern High School, Louisville, KY
Students explore principles of physics and math, and hone English skills through the development of bridge proposals and working scale models.

Project Based Learning