Why Project-Based Learning (PBL)?
Students who attend Vernon Malone College and Career Academy are attracted by our program areas offered through Wake Technical Community college. There programs all rely on hands on instruction to ensure students learning and success. Therefore, it’s imperative that the Core Academic program provided by Wake County Public Schools high school teachers provide the same highly relevant, hands on instruction in the core courses and high school electives. In order to do this we use Project Based Learning.
Project Based Learning (PBL) is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge. At VMCCA students engage in projects by solving real world problem or answering a complex question. They demonstrate their knowledge and skills by developing a public product or presentation for a real audience.
We are fortunate at VMCCA to have several resources at our disposal that supports PBL. For example, we have a full time PBL Coach who provides professional development, coaching for both teachers and students as they work develop and implement and learn through PBL. We have a maker space called the Co Lab where students are encouraged to use the equipment for video production, green screen creation, 3D printers, and robotics. We also have a technology coach that partners with students and teachers as they play and create using technology for products.