48:31 min.

Using Project-Based Learning to Develop 21st Century Skills

  • STEM
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Technology


In the 21st century workforce, students need more than just content knowledge. Project-based learning (PBL) teaches students to take initiative, solve problems, work together and think critically about complex challenges. And, just as importantly, PBL emphasizes critical 21st century skill-building – communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking. These skills, necessary for success in the new, fast-paced workforce, can be developed through intentional practice and careful reflection. Join TGR Foundation experts as they explore effective strategies to facilitate a project-based learning lessons, using a sample lesson plan, called City Planning for Biodiversity and Our Future, from TGR EDU: Explore.

Student Will Learn

  • 21st Century Skills
    • Collaboration
    • Communication
    • Critical Thinking
    • Creativity
  • Design Principles
    • Defining the Problem
    • Designing Solutions
    • Creating or Prototyping
    • Refine or Improve
    • Communicating Results


  • Make connections between STEM learning, future STEM careers and project-based learning
  • Identify the 21st century skills that are promoted through the use of project-based learning
  • Observe a model lesson – City Planning for Biodiversity and Our Future – that demonstrates how to effectively engage students in hands-on, project-based learning activities
  • Identify tools and strategies to facilitate skill-building in the classroom