SeaVuria Expands Projects!
SeaVuria strongly believes in the efficacy of Project Based Learning (PBL), a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. So, we are creating projects!
In 2013, the Buck Institute for Education compiled this research summary on PBL and 21st Century Competencies. Among other benefits, research shows that when students become engaged in a real-world problem, they develop deeper understandings, demonstrate greater self-reliance and problem-solving skills, and show a greater ability to work collaboratively and resolve conflicts. However, it is also of note that teachers need time and professional development to implement PBL in the classroom.
Here’s where we come in.
Since 2012, SeaVuria has been bringing Seattle schools together with schools in Taita Taveta, Kenya to participate in The Water Project, a project that challenges students to investigate the following question: “Who has the right to clean water?”
In this interdisciplinary project, students in both regions conduct investigations across disciplines to understand the social and political issues impacted by water, as well as the natural ecology, science and technology that are fundamental to the availability of clean water. Together, Kenyan and Seattle students are challenged to execute a “Call to Action”, encouraging their communities to contribute to clean water campaigns for the good of the future.
Given the overwhelming success of The Water Project, SeaVuria has been investing in the creation of several new projects for the classroom, with teacher-friendly curriculum available on our Project Site.
Currently, SeaVuria has 8 projects ready for the classroom:
- The Water Project
- The Elephant Project
- The Diabetes Project
- The Malaria Project
- The Antibiotic Resistance Project
- The Oil Spill Project
- The Sustainability Project
- The Ocean Acidification Project
We are currently working on projects in Ecology and Engineering, and continuing to find community partners and scientists to bring relevance to our projects.