Can Science Fair Projects Be Project Based Learning? Related Tags: Project-Based Learning More Related Discussions Theresa , Language Arts, Grades 6,7,8. Catholic Cathechist Grade 6 Posted 06/11/2012 5:44PM | Last Commented 06/11/2014 7:01PM 1 Shares 3 68 Views How do I take Science Fair Projects that students are required to do and make it PBL? Sign in to vote! Sign in to Flag as Spam Share 3 Share Comments (3)Sign in or register to postSubscribe to comments via RSS Newest Related Discussions Posted 6/11/2012 5:52pm TheresaLanguage Arts, Grades 6,7,8. Catholic Cathechist Grade 6 Students form their own hypothesis and design an experiment to test the hypothesis. The science teacher uses this to teach standards involving scientific method. Later the students must write a background research report, abstract, etc.. As students do this I would like to teach research and expository writing. The students choose the driving question, how can I make this PBL? Sign in to vote! Posted 7/21/2012 9:47pm Marie D. McCohnellB.A. degree in Yes Theresa, science fair projects are a natural beginning or by-product of project based or service learning modules. Keep in mind that true project based learning is "student interest lead"...with gentle guidance from the teacher. The project learning part of a science project should be exemplified when your students become totally interested in the subject/experiment that they have chosen; then they proceed to brainstorm with your assistance ways to investigate their chosen subject and hypotenuse. Project learning can grow and take on a life of its own. Ideally it should become a supportive field trip for a hands-on experience, as well as, follow-up experiences to reinforce the learning process such as expert mentors. The most important aspect of project learning is that the students get personally involved in the design and ensuing learning that takes place. Too much teacher lead involvement/instruction dampens the whole spirit of project learning: this is not theme learning. There are wonderful classes, websites and YouTube Videos for understanding project learning, I recently put together this animation about science and service learning; the same can be applied to project learning. Here is the link to my little YouTube video...please be kind...this is only the second animation I have made...I am still learning the tech. Smile!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnkvhNyEiW8 Sign in to vote! Posted 7/23/2012 8:43am TheresaLanguage Arts, Grades 6,7,8. Catholic Cathechist Grade 6 I watched your animation. Students typically appear to be interested in the topic and driving question or hypotenuse they choose at the beginning of the process. Its the step-by-step follow through that they seem to loose interest during. Sign in to vote! blog What the Heck Is Project-Based Learning?Last comment 2 hours 11 min ago in Project-Based Learning Discussion Spotlighting the First Amendment with a 5-Step Teaching StrategyLast comment 7 hours 10 min ago in Common Core article Resources for Assessment in Project-Based LearningLast comment 7 months 2 weeks ago in PBL Assessment article Resources for Getting Started With Project-Based LearningLast comment 2 hours 9 min ago in Project-Based Learning blog PBL: From Civic Engagement to Student ReflectionLast comment 1 day 1 hour ago in Project-Based Learning Sign in and Join the Discussion! Not a member? Register to join the discussion. Sign in using social networks Or sign in here: Email address * Password * Forgot your password?