Every February, Windward 7th
graders work on projects to improve the environment in their communities using challenge based learning, a collaborative learning experience in which teachers and students work together to take action by proposing real world solutions to problems. CBL is a great way to introduce new students to Windward’s model of active learning and inquiry based science. It also teaches students the skills for successful collaboration that they will carry with them throughout their years at Windward.
Through a series of science labs, guest speakers, and film clips, students participate in three weeks of activities to learn more about their challenge at hand. Students utilize social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter -- @WindwardCBL
-- and a website & live blog
, to share the research and results from their projects, and present their final projects to the community at Windward’s annual CBL Community Forum in May.