Six Essentials for PBL
1. Create teams of students (3-4) to work on an in-depth project for three to eight weeks.
2. Introduce a complex entry question that establishes a student’s need to know,
3. Scaffold the project with activities and new information that deepens the work.
4. Calendar the project through plans, drafts, timely benchmarks,
5. Have the teams make presentations to an outside panel of experts drawn from parents and the
6. Provide timely assessments and/or feedback on the projects for content, oral and written communication, teamwork, critical thinking, and other important skills.
Original Source: Edutopia-Project-based learning teaches kids the collaborative and critical-thinking abilities they’ll need to compete
Author: Bob Pearlman
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The burgeoning field of cultural neuroscience is finding that culture influences brain development, and perhaps vice versa.
When an American thinks about whether he is honest, his brain activity looks very different than when he thinks about whether another person is honest, even a close relative. That’s not true for Chinese people. When a Chinese man evaluates whether he is honest, his brain activity looks almost identical to when he is thinking about whether his mother is honest.
Ariel Braunstein knows a little something about video. He cofound Pure Digital, maker of the popular Flip video camera, which landed in the hands of millions of consumers.
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Read about a new approach in student engagement: What is the flipped classroom?
A reversed teaching model that delivers instruction at home through interactive, teacher-created videos and moves “homework” to the classroom. Moving lectures outside of the classroom allows teachers to spend more 1:1 time with each student. Students have the opportunity to ask questions and work through problems with the guidance of their teachers and the support of their peers — creating a collaborative learning environment.
RENTON, WA – On Saturday June 23rd, over 70 MESA students from 9 states competed in Washington at this year’s MESA Wind Energy National Design Challenge hosted by Washington MESA and Boeing at the Renton Assembly Plant. The top three teams from middle school and high school competed with over 20,000 MESA students nationally to be recognized as the best of the best in the design challenge. Isbell Middle School and Amos Alonzo Stagg High School, both from California, gained top honors.
The host state of Washington placed well with Mcloughlin Middle School of Southwest Washington Vancouver MESA taking 3rd place overall. Mclouhglin also ranked high in the “Wind to Energy Competition” and the “Design Efficiency” components.
Overall Middle School Team Winners:
–1st Isbell M.S. (CA) – Tobin Fincher, Carson Gray, Carlos Gomez, Nathan Rabago
–2nd Lake Elkhorn M.S. (MD) – Deep Biswas, Alec Boyd, Lucero Espinal
–3rd Mcloughlin M.S (WA) – Sydney Fox- Middleton, Livia Anderson, Yesenia Ceron Nava, Tracy Tran
Overall High School Team Winners:
–1st Amos Alonzo Stagg H.S. (CA) – Julian De Los Santos, Sean Ferguson, Emily Cornelison, Brooklyn Omstead
–2nd Tucson Magnet H.S. (AZ) – Jessica Fowler-Chavez, Sunita Ghimire, Sun Bear Milda, William Sam
–3rd Socorro H.S. (NM) – Daniel Gonzales, Tyler Lam, Tim Abeyta, Sarah McLain
Next year’s national competition will be hosted by Oregon MESA.
Welcome to the new Washington MESA website! We hope you like the new look and are easily able to find what you need. We will continue to add content, particularly items geared specifically for students, parents, and teachers. In the meantime, we welcome any feedback you care to share at email@example.com. Thanks in advance!
SEATTLE, WA – Washington MESA Day, a one-day event of academic challenges for middle and high school students representing six MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) Centers from across the state, will be held Sat., May 19, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, Wash.
Fostering collaboration with the state’s rich community of scientists and engineers, MESA Day students will showcase their talents for future careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Sponsored by Microsoft, the event will feature regional MESA team winners competing in three core challenges highlighted by a wind energy challenge (WEC) during which students will work with teachers and mentors to construct a windmill to generate electricity. The WEC winner will go on to compete in the national MESA competition hosted by Washington MESA at the Boeing Renton Plant, June 22-25.
Carl Bailey Jr., President of the Seattle Urban League Young Professionals, gave a shout out to Washington MESA, Seattle MESA, and Washington STEM after Seattle MESA Day. A team of SULYP volunteers helped judge the competition. View Carl’s message »
One year after the launch of Washington STEM, the organization summarizes how its investments to date are producing benefits. Washington MESA’s expansion of the Summer Math Scholars program to Vancouver, First Nations, Yakima Valley/Tri Cites, and two sites in Tacoma is cited as one of the successes. More:
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