Updated: Jan 11
Project Pals has partnered with Bloom Public School in India's capital, New Delhi, as part of their project-based learning (PBL) enhancement program. The projects produced by these students exceed all expectations and truly embody the spirit of PBL in their authenticity and engagement. Right from the start, students utilized all the tools our platform has to offer with mastery, including more advanced tools like like components, events, analysis tiles, and annotations. "I have never seen projects of this caliber," says Project Pals CEO and founder Miriam Bogler, who facilitated the partnership.
Some of the projects were derived from existing lesson plans and templates in the Project Pals Catalog, but students didn't shy away from designing their own projects from scratch, either. These projects covered a diverse range of complex topics, such as: stress management, how kids play, climate change, community engagement and safety, COVID-19, and UNSC veto power. So, without further ado, we're pleased to present these show-stopping projects from our students in India:
1. Stress Management
This project, which was designed from start to finish by the students themselves, explores the topic of stress management, including its influences and effects across age groups and other demographics. Students even closely examined complex influences on stress, like the role of gender identity, personality, and socioeconomic factors.
What also stands out about this project is its organization and detail; the information is easy to follow with links and labels, and enhanced by supplemental images and diagrams.
Students even shared how they personally deal with stress, truly applying and reflecting on their newfound knowledge. See screenshots below for highlights:
How Does Stress Affect Our Body?
What Influences Stress?
How Do We Personally Deal with Stress?
2. How Kids Play Around the World
How Kids Play Around the World is a lesson plan directly from the Project Pals Catalog where students examine the idea of play and games from across the globe. The project can also be extended to include facts about each country, like its capital, regions, and leaders.
Each student included dozens of games with instructions and images from their chosen country. Students also went above and beyond by describing several of their country's characteristics, like its climate, religions, and national flora and fauna.
This play project provides students with the perfect opportunity to share their own experiences and connect with other cultures through an authentic and accessible lens, as exemplified by our students in India. See screenshots below for highlights:
How Kids Play in India
How Kids Play in Australia
How Kids Play in Japan
3. Are Humans Affecting Climate?
Is Human Activity Influencing Climate, and What Can We Do about It? is a 4-part project series available now in the Project Pals Catalog.
This project was adapted from Stanford University's Learning Through Performance curriculum, which aligns project-based learning with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). In Part 1, students investigate core concepts of climate change, like weather and climate, examples of causes and effects of climate change, and greenhouse gases.
Students produced an impressive list of causes and effects, provided detailed answers to project prompts, and brainstormed several ways citizens and cities can reduce their carbon footprint.
Their insights and engagement are a testament to project-based learning's ability to produce active, informed citizens capable of tackling today's toughest issues—one of the ultimate goals of education. See screenshots below for highlights:
Climate Change: Cause and Effect
Climate Change Individual Brainstorm
Greenhouse Gases + the Goldilocks Principle
4. Community Engagement and Safety
How Does Community Engagement Affect Community Safety? is a lesson plan in the Project Pals Catalog adapted from the Department of Justice's Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program. In this project, students examine their own community, uncover underlying causes of unsafe communities, and create a plan for promoting community safety through "people power." The ultimate goal is to identify ways informed, engaged citizens can make communities safer for all.
The 12th graders at Bloom Public School completed this project in the context of their own community, South Delhi, and discussed how complex factors like illiteracy and poverty can lead to crime. Their detailed list of causes and solutions demonstrates a deep understanding of the issues most central to their community, and how they as citizens have the power to help. See screenshots below for highlights:
What Is a Community?
The Causes of Unsafe Communities
Promoting Community Safety
5. Plan a Trip
In the Plan a Trip lesson plan available in the Project Pals Catalog, students take on the role of a travel agent and create a trip package for potential customers. In the true spirit of a travel agent, they must include details about the weather, attractions, accommodations, transportation options, restaurants, and other recommendations.
Students design an activity-packed itinerary guiding their customers through their destination experience, while accurately tracking the total price of their travel package.
Their stellar projects show an advanced understanding of the culture and appeal of each destination, as well as the true cost of embarking on such an epic adventure across the world. See screenshots below for highlights:
Plan a Trip: Exploring Egypt
Plan a Trip: Fun in Finland
Travel Package Pricing
Bloom Public School's PBL Showcase
On Friday, September 3rd, Bloom Public School held a PBL showcase for students and parents that was attended by more than 120 people.
The reaction was tremendous: Parents were in awe of what students were able to accomplish through project-based learning on our platform.
The students also presented their projects to our founder, Miriam Bogler, in a private showcase—see the short clips below for highlights:
How Kids Play Around the World: Conclusion
How Community Engagement Affects Safety
Plan a Trip: Egypt, France, and Finland
Arbitrary Use of Veto Power in UNSC