PBL CURRICULUM DESIGN LAB

 

Visit our Events Page to register for one or more Labs.

All Labs are virtual, interactive, and collaborative. Teachers can earn STEM Clock Hours.

We Need a Laboratory

 

Sustainability Ambassadors is building a professional community of practice, a laboratory on problem-based, place-based learning around the principles of educating for sustainability. We offer a 12-month schedule of different PBL Lab experiences.

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Why Should You Join?

You need time to study the kinds of problems that actually need solving at the community level.

You want to engage with technical experts and teaching colleagues. 

You love it when your students are authentically engaged.

You find it messy but thrilling to guide students without knowing all the answers.  

You want to take on the systemic challenges of teaching about climate change and about the determinants of equity

You value a sustainable future.

 

Summer Lab Schedule at a Glance

FOUNDATION SERIES

July 13, 9:00-12:00

3 STEM Clock Hours

K4C Curriculum Design Lab

Climate Action Planning in My City

July 14, 9:00-12:00

3 STEM Clock Hours

Sustainable Neighborhood Inventory 

I live here! Empowering Students to Observe Intersectional Systems 

July 15, 9:00-12:00

3 STEM Clock Hours

Impact Project Design

Youth Agency and Voice! PBL at its Core!

July 16, 9:00-12:00

3 STEM Clock Hours

Community Impact Mapping

Geographic Literacy Meets Civic Engagement. We Love Maps!

SYSTEM FOCUS SERIES & 2050 WORKOUT

July 20-22

9:00-12:00

9 STEM Clock Hours

Clean Water Future

July 27-29

9:00-12:00

9 STEM Clock Hours

Clean Energy Future

August 3-5

9:00-12:00

9 STEM Clock Hours

Clean Transportation Future

August 9

9:00-12:00

3 STEM Clock Hours

Food Security Climate Justice

August 10-12

9:00-12:00

9 STEM Clock Hours

Green Duwamish Watershed

SCHOOL WIDE INTEGRATION

August 17-19

9:00-12:00

9 STEM Clock Hours

EfS Middle School Integration Lab

 

TOWN HALL @ SCHOOL

This program is a real-time Lab during the school day with students. It takes the form of a traditional Town Hall style meeting with City staff and Councilmembers engaged in interactive problem solving with students who have prepared for the event and are committed to taking action as a follow up.

The full learning experience takes place over one to three weeks including: (1) student preparation and research, (2) the Town Hall event, (3) follow up student project design, and (4) collective impact mapping. The seminar is held at a point in the academic year most conducive to both curriculum sequencing and city policy development timelines and programmatic work plans.

 

We focus on the high school level, convening 3-8 class sections during a shared block period in the library or auditorium. City staff and selected Councilmembers serve as local experts on content, policy, vision, and performance measures.

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