How to Structure Project-Based Learning to Meet STEAM Objectives

  • Gary UbbenEmail author
Part of the Environmental Discourses in Science Education book series (EDSE, volume 5)


This chapter presents a best practices approach to the creation of well-designed project-based learning (PBL) lesson plans. PBL lesson plans can be organized in numerous ways, but a standard format ensures the inclusion of all necessary components for a good design. A standard lesson plan format also helps teacher and student participants quickly become familiar with each PBL they encounter. The chapter includes a prototype STEAM PBL designed for use by a multidisciplinary team of teachers. The chapter also focuses on student evaluation using rubrics in the PBL environment. Illustrations of rubrics for content knowledge, presentation skills, and soft skills of teamwork and self-evaluation are included.


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STEM School Websites Using PBL

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  2. Google search for STEAM PBL Schools.
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© Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of TennesseeKnoxvilleUSA

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