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Project-Based Learning Workshop for Educators

Goals and Objectives

Participants will:

  • Learn and apply research-based elements and design features of rigorous, STEM Project-Based Learning (PBL)
  • Analyze an exemplar STEM PBL unit for the attributes of rigorous STEM PBL
  • From the analyses, construct or revise a standards-based STEM project-based learning unit
  • Apply Idaho content standards and 21st Century skills to project work
  • Design learning experiences so all students can reach high levels of engaged learning

Description: This course is focused on the elements of rigorous STEM Project-based Learning (PBL). PBL is an instructional approach that challenges students to learn how to learn through collaborative, real-world, STEM problem solving. Research shows that compared with traditional lecture-based instruction, PBL improves student motivation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, learning retention, and the ability to adapt learning to new and novel situations—critical skills for the 21st century workplace. In addition to subject-specific learning, STEM (includes science, technology, engineering and mathematics) aims to foster inquiring minds, logical reasoning, and collaboration skills. This course will approach STEM through interdisciplinary learning models demonstrating how STEM is practiced in the real world. It allows students to learn by making connections between ideas and concepts across different disciplinary boundaries. Students will learn to apply the knowledge gained in one discipline to other disciplines and deepen their learning. Educators will see their own discipline from a fresh and energizing perspective, building excitement about teaching.

Formal and informal educators are welcome.  Participants will receive a sample STEM PBL unit, breakfast and lunch each day of the workshop.

Travel costs will be reimbursed (if you qualify). Participants must travel to the location closest to your home. Educurious will cover the costs of substitutes as needed for the October and March dates. Please indicate in your registration if a substitute is needed. Travel reimbursement and substitute cost is handled by Educurious. Please email Josie Brogan at for any information regarding travel or substitute questions. Mileage will be determined using Rand McNally Mileage Calculator. Please see Idaho State Employee Travel Policy.


Training Fee: $75
Upon acceptance to the program, a link will be sent to you. Payment is required before attending the training or you will be dropped from the training.

Training Dates & Locations*:

October 3rd, 4th, 5th 2019;
Pocatello, ID (Grades K-8)

October 3rd, 4th, 5th  2019;
Boise, ID (Grades 3-12)

March 5th, 6th, 7th  2020;
Boise, ID (Grades K-8)

June 9th, 10th, 11th 2020;
Priest River, ID (Grades K-12)

*Training dates and locations are subject to change based on number of participants.

PD Credits: Syllabus and more info coming soon


Open: July 26, 2019
Close: August 25, 2019
Award date: August 30, 2019

Anticipated # of awards: 100

Program Partner: Educurious

! See Requirements & Eligibility !

Course Requirements (30 hours)

  • Attend one of the workshops (must attend all three full days: 8 hours each, 24 hours total).
  • Complete a detailed outline of a STEM PBL unit you will teach in your classroom (due 60 days after attendance, ~4 hours).
  • Attend two additional online facilitated sessions for implementation support (1 hour each, 2 total).
    • Online facilitated sessions will be held November 4th, December 2nd, March 23rd, April 27th, June 15th, and June 29th.

Eligibility: Formal and informal educators are welcome.

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