Project-Based Learning

Engineering Success: Students Build Understanding

When long-term projects form the backbone of the curriculum, learning takes off at Seattle's Aviation High School.

Editor's Note: In fall of 2013, Aviation High School moved into a new campus and changed its name to Raisbeck Aviation High School. Founding principal and CEO Reba Gilman moved on and assistant principal Bruce Kelly became Principal/CEO in the fall of 2014, as the school celebrated its tenth anniversary.

Aviation High School, in Seattle, Washington, is described as "the premier public high school of choice for students ... who wish to pursue their passion for aviation and aerospace in a learning environment that prepares them for higher education, citizenship, and work." Read more about Aviation High School in the article by former principal Reba Gilman, "Going Sky High: Students Take Learning to New Levels."

The six PDFs linked below will be of interest to those looking for more detailed information about the Wing Strength Design Project and to anyone interested in the specifics of implementing project-based learning, regardless of the subject focus.

Teaching Tools

Design File Checklist (174KB)

Engineers' Scoring Guide (921KB)

Wing Strength Design Evaluation Form (149KB)

Student Final Survey Results (539KB)

Sample Student Work

Final Wing Design File 1 (1MB)

Final Wing Design File 2 (921KB)