STEAM PBL CURRICULUM FOR GRADES K – 12
From plastic in the oceans to one-use plastic bags, from rising seas to burning forests, from species decline to CO2 emissions—this module will engage students in some of the most pressing issues of our time.
In this engaging and influential program, youth will:
- Learn about global climate and environmental problems, including the plastic trash crisis, pollution and its effects, the shortage of fresh water, and other health threats.
- Discover how these problems affect their communities.
- Explore how their personal choices affect the environment.
- Create a proposal to solve a problem related to climate change or the environment in their community.
- Present the proposal to experts.
- Present the final version of their proposal to their peers at a culminating event.
PROCESSING & ACTIVITIES
- Constructing a timeline of climate change-related events.
- Creating an original public service announcement video about climate change.
- Conducting online and field research.
- Developing and administering questionnaires.
- Creating charts and PowerPoint presentations.
- Gain skills in video production and editing.
- Develop leadership and problem-solving skills.
COURSE OUTLINE FOR EDUCATORS
Curriculum Fundamentals Training
- Introduction to Empowering Minds PBL Curricula
- Creating an Entrepreneurial Mindset
- Effective Facilitation
- An Introduction to Project-Based Learning
- PBLWorks Gold Standards
- Introduction & Facilitation Training
- Knowledge Assessment
Climate Change PBL Curriculum
- Facilitator's Guide
- Prezi Presentation
- Evaluation Rubric
- Student's Final Project Example
Our project based learning curricula contains a career pathway component, which helps youth explore career options in various industries.
REAL WORLD LEARNING EXPERIENCE
WHAT FACILITATORS AND STUDENTS ARE SAYING ABOUT OUR PROGRAM
“Students told us they learned a lot about climate change and how it directly affects them. They felt inspired to make changes to their routines and personal habits—particularly relating to plastics and water.”
– IDEAS Climate Change Facilitator
“I learned so much about climate change and had very engaging experiences through creating presentations and the final video project.”
— IDEAS Climate Change Student
HIGHLIGHTS OF STUDENTS PROJECTS
Youth team presented their project under Climate Change module during annual Symposium. Industry partners and experts gave students feedback for their projects. We are so proud of our young people!