Building confidence and new innovation from PEBL lessons
The students at our school have developed newfound confidence and positive attitude towards experience based learning. This was evident when they represented our school in the municipality level and inter-municipalities of Kathmandu district Science Exhibition. Using the learnings of PEBL lessons, the students prepared a project for a wind-powered Water pump. The students were over the moon when they were awarded first prize among 26 schools within the municipality. We were even selected for the district level competition securing third position.
Adding meaning to PLAY
I have been experimenting with allowing students to play freely and figure out the activities on their own during PEBL classes. I have realized that free play allows students to use their creativity and come up with diverse solutions rather than constraining them in a guided or specific structure. I however, do give students real-life examples such as for Scribble Bot, I gave the example of acrylic paintings and scribble art that is gaining popularity in the contemporary world. The activity created high curiosity among students. The students were initially doubtful if the bot would work but I encouraged them to iterate and improve on it. We arranged for them to present their model in front of the whole school and seeing it work they were overjoyed and it built their self-morale.