The PBL Super Highway… Over 45 Links To Great Project Based Learning


Welcome to another post that I know you will want to share and bookmark. As I travel the country  I constantly have teachers ask me for places to find some engaging PBL ideas! Below you will find the collection of links I have started to assemble. Enjoy and  please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans.  I promise you will find some great information coming your way this school year…so Sign Up Now and please pass this on with a retweet!   – Mike Gorman (

Booking Info – Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference?  I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have done 100′s of workshops and presentations.  Check out my Booking Page… Dates are going fast, with time up to and including December just about filled,  but i am  taking 2014 dates.

The PBL Super Highway… 45 Great Idea Links!  – Mike Gorman ((

Are you on a journey to find  great PBL ideas? Then you have come to the right place. In fact, you just might want to spend some time here and also continue to come back. The first of my list includes sites that have created data bases of PBL Units. You will find units that you can use, improve, or incorporate as a base.

Other PBL Idea Generators

While the sites below may not all always provide a total PBL unit, they will offer an idea starter for a  some great PBL. Some are based in Project Based learning while others focus more on Problem Based learning. You may find an entire project, an idea, or scaffolding for a project you have in mind. Enjoy the selection… you are bound to walk away with some great ideas!

  • Talladega School Collection – Great collection of PBL resources, projects and ideas.
  • PBL Gallery – Some wonderful projects from state of Michigan teachers
  • Middle School Gallery – If you teach middle school look at this expanded list from the above  PBL Gallery in Michigan
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute – Wonderful collection of Industrial Mathematics projects.
  • PBL Academy – Collection of PBL projects including a concentration of math ideas
  • High Tech High School – Selection of PBL projects from High Tech High in San Diego, California
  • Envision Schools – Collection of projects from Envision Schools
  • Emergent Math – A blog dedicated to brainstorming interesting and dynamic math problems that could be part of a PBL
  • The Learning Network – This amazing site from the New York Times provides ideas to start or scaffold a PBL Unit
  • Virtual Schoolhouse – Online and blended PBL ideas for projects
  • Edutopia – Article pointing to ideas for High School with regards to PBL
  • Global Schoolhouse – Whether you’re just starting out, or ready for advanced levels — this tutorial will help you  implement collaborative, project-based learning on the Internet.
  • Indiana University PBL Academy – Contains some great project ideas, especially in Math areas. It is a Moodle so log in as guest and realize you may have to navigate a bit. It is time will spent.
  • Real World Math – Provides some interesting ideas that could provide for some great math PBL.
  • Project Foundry – Any school investigating PBL must take a look. It is the last of my Land Of PBL only because it does carry a cost. Project Foundry is an online learning management and student portfolio system that allows innovative educators to scale authentic, integrated, individualized learning. It really works well in a connected online environment. You will find that this fee-based system includes integration with online tools such as Google Apps and Moodle.
  • Mathalicious – While this is primarily a fee based site, there are some great ideas (even some free).For those willing to put up some funds the price is very reasonable!
  • PBL Pathways – Some great advanced math and science ideas that could spur some PBL into action.
  • Cases Online – A collection of great STEM related activities that will satisfy students at all levels.
  • CIESE – The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education has wonder units that are PBL based

Challenges and Competitions

Did you know that a challenge or competition can be a great base for PBL? You can enter that competition and provide some engaging authenticity for students. Are you just getting started? You do not have to enter a competition to use the resources, although the completions are a lot of fun! In fact, many times a resource in a competition can be the perfect tool for a scaffolding activity in PBL.  While this list starts with science and math, you will find other subjects as you keep reading down the list. How can you use one of these ideas be used to facilitate PBL in the classroom?

  • Siemens We Can Change The World Challenge – Great site loaded with resources, standards, and ideas. Enter the competition or just use the resources that are provided. Applicable to all levels of K-12 education.
  • Kids Science Challenge – Awesome and inspiring challenges involving bio-designed scientific inventions, sports on Mars, and detective science. Be sure to check out the great podcasts listed in Pulse of the Planet.
  • Young Scientists Challenge – Great resource for students in  K-8. Lessons, multi-media, and other materials that can be incorporated into PBL units.
  • National Engineer Week: Future City – Great Project-Based Learning Activity incorporating STEAM along with Language Arts and Social Studies. Engage students with Sim City Software, model building, and a new curriculum designed to integrate disciplines.
  • Google Science Fair – The Google Science Fair challenges students aged 13-18 to carry out a scientific investigation on a real-world problem or issue that interests them. The competition asks them to carry the investigation forward through rigorous experimentation, recording and conclusions.Students compete with peers in their age group from all over the world to win scholarships, internships and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
  • National STEM Video Game Challenge – Inspired by the Educate to Innovate Campaign, President Obama’s initiative to promote a renewed focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, the National STEM Video Game Challenge is a multi-year competition whose goal is to motivate interest in STEM learning among America’s youth by tapping into students’ natural passion for playing and making video games.

Thanks for joining me on this wonderful journey of 21st century PBL resources . Join me in future weeks as together we continue to explore several more posts devoted to the Flipped Classrooms, Project Based Learning, Assessing 21st century skills, technology integration, web resources, and digital literacy.  I enjoy learning from all of you. Also remember to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and follow me on twitter at mjgormans. I also appreciate your sharing of this post and any retweets. Keep up the amazing work,  have a great week, and enjoy the resources! – Mike Gorman

Booking Info – Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference?  I have traveled the country delivering PD relating to technology integration, PBL, STEM, Digital Literacy, and the 4 C’s. I have done 100′s of workshops and presentations.  Check out my Booking Page… Dates are going fast, with time up to and including December just about filled,  but i am  taking 2014 dates.



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7 responses to “The PBL Super Highway… Over 45 Links To Great Project Based Learning

  1. SGP

    What an amazing bank of resources! I know that as schools transition to CCSS there will be different approaches to formatting PBL’s but we, as teacher over achievers, have got to stop reinventing the wheel. This blog provides great starting points as not only are there project samples there are sites that identify what subjects are integrated into those projects. I think teachers will be ready to get into the integrated aspect of CCSS sooner then a lot of administrators think. To support diverse needs of students we support on our colleagues all the time. What a great opportunity to do that formally and really start making those transdiciplinary content integrated connections. I am adding your blog to my favorites right away.

    • Wow… you have stated it nicely! I do think that PBL can really help provide process to CCSS. I believe these resources will help provide a blue print for some great possibilities. This along with an integration of local resources can really help engage and provide authenticity to learning. I do believe integration needs to be top priority because these connections help develop real meaning. Thanks so much for stopping by and please continue to share! – Mike

  2. Mike,
    A useful list, but a wee bit US focussed! A project I led in the UK worked with High Tech High (and Buck Institute) and, transatlantically, we’ve created two free resources: Work That Matters – A Teacher’s Guide to PBL:
    And a collation of resources, tools and protocols:

    • David… Thanks so much for two excellent resources. I will add them to my growing list that I share with educators. I invite anyone to please help me build the list and help me make it have an even more worldwide focus. Thanks for contributing two awesome examples of resources across the ocean. Please continue to return and share! – Mike

  3. Thanks intended for offering these sort of substantial content.

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