Post-Hurricane PBL Lessons (NSF)

CienciaPR, in partnership with Yale University, is carrying out a project funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The project titled "Evaluation of disaster-related science lesson plans to promote learning continuity after Hurricane Maria", has two main phases:

A. Training teachers and middle school principals to implement PBL science lessons relevant to Puerto Rican culture and related to challenges after the hurricane (drinking water and terrestrial ecosystems)

B. Research a sample of trained schools, with the objective of:

(1) Studying the feasibility to implement science lessons that integrate project-based learning (PBL), after a natural disaster, such as a hurricane.

(2) Studying the impact on participating students on their attitudes towards science and their role in the search for solutions.

Through the lessons, students will identify how science can meet pressing needs in their schools and communities, in relation to issues such as the availability of drinking water, and changes to terrestrial ecosystems, among others.



Participating schools received:

(1) Research training and guidance

(2) Lessons developed by CienciaPR, which are aligned with the standards of the Puerto Rico Department of Education (DEPR)

(3) Materials needed to implement the lessons


Resources for participant teachers and school directors (Spanish) 


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