Project-Based Learning (PBL)
Here at STS, we use Project Based Learning to give students a visual representation of what they have been learning in class and become physically involved in their own understanding of the material. Through projects, students understand the development of a particular concept from start to finish by being actively involved in the progression of the project. Out of the classroom learning triggers the student’s brains to learn differently than how they would be seated at a desk. It allows those students who have a difficult time studying inside the classroom a chance to shine in group-based activities. The projects also give students more practical uses for the material they learn in class.
Long term projects allow students to track the development of their work and test methods to get the desired result if what they are doing does not work originally.
Each project topic will begin with the students being assigned to collaborative working groups, then the students are presented with a real-world problem that they can relate to. Parameters for completing the project are set. Throughout the duration of the project, the teacher provides input and feedback while guiding the learning of the students. At the end of the project, students will share their findings with the other groups in class and compare their results.
Grade 2: Backyard Gardening
Students learn the important role soil plays in nature. While working in a garden students learn the different components of soil and how to maintain it to encourage food production while also learning the benefits of growing their own food instead of relying on fruits and vegetables from the supermarket.
Grade 3: Recycled Bank
In these projects, students learn the importance of recycling. While learning about the negative impacts of human interaction with nature, students will also become involved in cleaning up their surroundings and manage their own waste products. Students will be in charge of maintaining the recycling bins on campus and sort out the recyclable materials from the general waste while also promoting recycling as a responsible duty to their fellow school mates.
Grade 4: Turn Your Spoils into Soil
Students build on their knowledge of soil by learning its composition and making their own. Through learning about composting and what food waste materials create the most fertile soil, students will develop and test their own recipes. Students will investigate what mixtures create poor soil conditions and what conditions create the type of soil that produces the best vegetation.
Grade 5: Mushroom Farm
Students learn the importance of fungi within ecosystems while also distinguishing which mushrooms are edible and which are poisonous. Students will also be educated in the economics of mushrooms and the pristine conditions for growing the most nutritious fungi.
Grade 6: Chicken Farm
For this project, students will learn what goes into getting the most popular protein in Thailand onto their plates. Students will maintain a chicken farm at school by collecting the eggs every day, feeding the chickens and keeping the coop properly protected. Students will also learn the economics of maintaining chickens and how to operate in a market setting with the products that the chickens provide them. Through this student learn the hard work and responsibility required in taking care of animals.