Project Based Learning Design Challenge
For the Innovation and Design category, students can take on the role of LEED Accredited Professionals and other team members needed to design a green building and contribute to a sustainable design. Using what they learned cumulatively from this wiki or other sources, students can learn the process of LEED. Their design will focus on having the least amount of impact to the environment and to the inhabitants that will occupy the building. This is intended to be accomplished as a design challenge or competition. Students can be placed in groups to resemble the charette process which is all the team members working together from the beginning of a project to ensure a sustainable design. This challenge can be integrated at the High School level as well having High School students serve as mentors to Middle School students.

Outcomes for the challenge:
  • Understand the balance between human actions and the environment
  • Learn Problem Based Learning methods, a student centered and teacher facilitated process
  • Understand 21st century skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) that will support green building and a sustainable future.
  • Investigate the political and societal obstacles for going green