Each funded organization and agency are required to implement a Project-based Learning and/or Apprenticeship-based Opportunity Program. Contracting organizations and agencies serving elementary and middle school students will offer project-based learning opportunities.
Project-based learning is a hands-on and creative approach to teaching, which provides academic support to students in a way that is fun and engaging. Projects are interdisciplinary in nature. They should build on students' interest and provide students with an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned through the actual completion of the project.
Projects last longer than a typical "activity" and can be spread over several days or weeks, depending on the type of project. Project-based learning programs will include an opportunity for students to participate in a relevant service opportunity to share their acquired skills with their community. (For example, a student group that is participating in a digital media project might design a website for a neighborhood business or community group).
The skills acquired through project-based learning programs will support and build on what students are learning throughout the school year. Students will work in small groups to accomplish the goals of the projects. Project-based learning programs should maintain a student to instructor/volunteer ratio of 1:12.
Project-based learning programs can fall into but is not limited to the following categories:
• Performing and Fine Arts
• Math, Science and Technology
• Digital Media
• Sports Management
• Literacy and Communication
• Career Exploration
If the categories do not meet the needs/interests of students, programs can create an additional category for a project.
Examples of projects activities for each category listed above appear in the table below. Programs can and should implement their own ideas.
To the right of the page, you will see the descriptions of the types of programs:
1) Performing/Fine Arts
3) Digital Media
4) Sports Management
6) Career Exploration.