Project Based Learning (PBL) is a learner-centered pedagogy, where the learners are given a realistic problem and solve it by researching and applying knowledge and skills. As PBLs gain popularity in STEM classrooms, and as the disparity of women and students of color in engineering remains the same, there are specific strategies that can be applied to PBLs to improve equity and access. This session will provide an overview of the new NAPE toolkit and workshops designed to assist educators in creating, evaluating, and administering equitable and effective STEM project/problem based learning (PBL) lessons by utilizing the STEM PBLs for Equity Rubric. With more equitable PBLs, we can increase the diversity of students interested in and pursuing STEM careers.
The toolkit was made possible by funding from the Fluor Foundation.
Meagan Pollock, PhD
Director of Professional Development, NAPE