Project-based Learning in K-12 Education
Fargo Moorhead’s business, education and community leaders recognize the critical role of project-based learning today’s world. Preparing our students by challenging them to solve problems with creativity, communication, critical thinking and collaboration guarantees a pipeline of successful and talented individuals securing their prosperity long term no matter what they decide to do.
The GFMEDC is a leading member of the North Dakota STEM Network and the Education that Works initiative.
As a community our goals are to:
- Expand and enhance project-based learning education more closely aligning education and industry
- Increase student and parent awareness of the importance of project-based learning and the four C’s (communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity)
- Develop funding sources for education initiatives.
- Play a proactive role in engaging education policy-makers in North Dakota and Minnesota.
So what is STEM education and how does it differ from traditional education? Check out these STEM education FAQ’s for some answers.
Through the Education that Works initiative, Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo Public School Districts, our Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation and the United Way of Cass Clay are collaborating to increase community awareness, accelerate teacher development and support the evolution of education to better align student learning with the needs of an ever-changing, technologically-advanced global economy.
“Project-based learning gives students a problem, and teachers guide the students through the process of finding solutions while incorporating teamwork. Educators are learning new techniques to teach students and tying techniques into existing curriculum. Through our connections with the Greater Fargo Moorhead EDC, United Way and conversations within the community, we’re recognizing the demand for these types of skills.” Dr. Jeff Schatz, Fargo Public Schools Superintendent.
Some Additional STEM Education Resources
There is plenty going on in the Fargo Moorhead region that engages students to think critically, creatively and call on their innovative nature. Check out some of the many resources around to challenge students to think outside the box.
NDSCS focuses on providing students plenty of ways to gain project-based learning so they can think critically, solve problems and communicate more effectively. From various summer programs to the Great Plains Girls Collaborative, NDSCS is working hard to take our talented young people to the next level!
NDSU’s College of Engineering and Architecture provides several K-12 outreach programs including Bison Robotics, TEAMS Competitions, STEM kids and TechGYRls.
NDSU also provides the GraSUS program. GraSUS aims to enhance students interest in teh STEM fields and is a collaborative effort among faculty, graduate and undergraduate fellow and area math and science teachers. Graduate and undergraduate students are place in schools throughout the Fargo Moorhead area. They work with teachers in the classroom to develop and implement curriculum.
The Fargo Moorhead region is fortunate to be home to Microsoft’s third largest U.S. campus. Starting with DigiGirlz, Microsoft provides outreach to encourage more interest in information technology and innovation.