Project-based learning is a dynamic approach to education where students develop creative thinking skills and explore real-world problems and challenges through hands-on projects in core educational disciplines, such as history or science.
Research indicates that students are more likely to retain the knowledge gained through Project-Based Learning than through traditional textbook-centered learning. Because project-based learning is engaged learning, it inspires students to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they are studying. Class projects are comprehensive and often cross-curricular, enabling students to hone their organizational and research skills. Students also develop greater confidence and self-direction as they complete both collaborative and independent projects.
Students are evaluated on their projects along with exams, essays, and written reports, allowing them to quickly see how academic work can connect to real-life issues and scenarios. Learning by doing creates a better understanding of the material and is a central theme in the academic philosophy.
A project-based approach to learning invigorates the educational environment, energizes the curriculum with a real-world relevance, and sparks students' desire to explore, investigate, and understand the world.
Oxbridge student, Justin L. put his love for computer science to use for a final statistics project and created a simulator that predicts the NHL Draft Lottery. Using computer programming skills and incorporating complex math concepts like probability theory, Justin designed a program that assesses the chances of a National Hockey League team to get the first pick in the annual amateur draft.