Phenomenon, Problem, Project-Based Learning

P3BL: Phenomenon-, Problem- and Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning improves educational outcomes by engaging students in extended projects that add value and relevance to learning. Students have “voice and choice” in designing and implementing projects that solve real-world problems. PBL is often confused with problem-based learning, which focuses on case studies and hypothetical situations. In recent years, the PBL acronym has also been used to refer to phenomenon-based learning, or immersing students in a mystery of the natural world and challenging them to make sense of it. CPF integrates all three of these approaches and environmental stewardship in a highly effective strategy we call P3BL.

Captain Planet Foundation™ supports the facilitation of P3BL in many ways:

  • CPF Institute provides professional learning opportunities for educators to facilitate outdoor project-based learning in your schoolyard
  • Our vast and growing library of lessons, activities, and best practices is available free to educators
  • ecoSTEM™ Kits provide materials and lessons to engage students in hands-on activities to explore different environmental themes including pollination, energy, soils, and water
  • Project Learning Garden™ provides a comprehensive suite of equipment, materials, curriculum, training, and support to establish your school garden program as an outdoor learning space that becomes part of your school’s instructional culture
  • Project Hero™ provides a flexible online framework to engage students in discovery and engagement to support locally threatened and endangered species, while connecting them to local conservation networks and building 21st century skills.
  • Our grant program provides resources to youth-led and solution-oriented projects addressing environmental challenges.