Project Based Learning

A Middle School students tackle tough questions through Project Based Learning (PBL). Each year an essential question is asked and Middle School students conduct extensive research to develop real-world solutions. PBL actively engages students, empowering them to be self-directed, independent learners. While developing skills requiring critical thinking, collaboration, problem-solving and self-efficacy, students are preparing themselves not only for Upper School and college, but ultimately for careers and life.

Endangered No More

How can we develop a recovery plan of action to save an animal species currently on the critically endangered list?  

This is the question middle school students answered as they engaged in this year’s project based learning (PBL) experience. Over three weeks students worked with their teams to solve the problem culminating in presentations to panels of experts, sharing with the EA community, and the very best solutions sent to either a current state or federal committee on endangered species.


Previous PBL Questions

Educate & Activate: Pulling Together to End Poverty

How can we make an impact in the fight against poverty by actively addressing one of its symptoms in the Elgin community?

Majority Cry, Minority Reply  

How can we help to solve a problem in a majority (low-income) country by creating an invention/system which serves a basic human need?

From Seed to Salad- Growing for Good

How can we design and create a sustainable school garden that appeals to EA students now and in the future?