NCS Problem Based Learning Training

Northampton County Schools
Shaping Global Learners

Training Activities

What is PBL?
The following pre-training activities will provide a glimpse into what project/problem based learning is here in Northampton County

Understanding the Engineering by Design Process

What is the Engineering by Design Process and what does it have to do with Project Based Learning?

The Engineering by Design Process is a protocol that engineers, scientists and other professionals use to move from initial thought to the final creation and publication of an idea or product. Here at Northampton County Schools, we use the Engineering by Design Process as our though framework.

At the core of the project-based learning model is a problem.

Want to learn more about Engineering by Design Process (EDP)?
Check out this video to help you gain a more refined understanding of the Engineering by Design Process.

Heads up: This video uses the terms Imagine and Plan. Here at Northampton County Schools, we have merged the two steps and refer to them as Brainstorm. This best fits what we utilize the EDP for here in the district.

The NCS Model

External Resources

The PBL Classroom Protocols will send you to the National School Reform Faculty website. There you will find some great resources that will help ensure that students are maximizing classroom time during a PBL lesson/activity.

The BIE has assembled a wide array of PBL-related resources for instructors. The resources are organized into three broad categories: things to read, to watch, or to interact with.

If you would like to take a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) approach to learning about PBL, then check out the resources for teachers,coaches, principals, and district leaders.'s Project-Based Learning professional development guide can be used for a two- to three-hour session, or expanded for a one- to two-day workshop, and is divided into two parts.

Part one is a guided process, designed to give participants a brief introduction to project-based learning (PBL), and answers the questions"Why is PBL important?", "What is PBL about?", and "How does PBL work?"

Part two assigns readings and activities for experiential PBL. Ideally, the tasks will be accomplished using group collaboration and with the use of technology. These activities are outlined in the Workshop Activities section. You will also find links to examples, from the video library, of PBL in action at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

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