What is PBL?
Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills. Students work for an extended period of time to investigate, and respond to, an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. At Studio@Deyes these questions/problems/challenges are set by our employer partners so that our students gain experience in the world of work, solving real-life tasks.
Why do we offer PBL?
The purpose of such activities is for students to:
- Engage in a rigorous, extended process of inquiry, focused on complex authentic questions and problems.
- Work as independently from the teacher as possible, and have some degree of ”voice and choice”.
- Demonstrate in-depth understanding of knowledge and skills, and build 21st-century skills such as collaboration, critical thinking and communication.
Benefits of PBL?
- Students find it enjoyable and satisfying.
- It encourages understanding.
- Students with PBL experience rate their abilities higher.
PBL Case Studies
My project was mainly aesthetic, as an art installation it was designed for entertainment rather than having a particular useful function. The design is of a water fountain powered by the rain water stored in water tanks.
The design of the fountain was a very artistic column that squirted several spouts of water out the top, on the base of the fountain which would be a semi-circle there would be several smaller spouts of water making it a very active feature and entertaining to look at. This fountain could be a charity piece installed somewhere in the local area with Alstom branding on it, or it could be installed somewhere on the Alstom site for the workers to enjoy, helping with worker happiness.
Students received a visit from a local company Radwraps. Radwraps set the students a project, in which they had to find solutions that would help the company make use excess material. Students had to develop ideas to make use of the wasted material.
The students designed a separate product that would be made up of wasted material. This could then be sold, producing another source of income. Students came up with a number of ideas detailed in the below Radwraps Presentation. Please click on the button below for more information.