New! Pop-Up Projects

If you’re eager to start a PBL unit with your students right away, here’s the easiest way to begin.
Pop Up Projects

Join a Pop-Up Project!

Join us and a cohort of  teachers from around the country to implement a shared Gold Standard PBL project over a 2-week period in your classroom - whether remote, hybrid, or in-person.

Our expert National Faculty will guide you every step of the way, while introducing/reinforcing key PBL practices.

Cost: $225 (includes access to PBLWorks' Project Designer, a $39.99 value)
Registration now open! Choose your project below.
Date: Jan 28 - Feb 11, 2021
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm Eastern Time (5 professional development sessions - See Course Outline below for specific dates/times.)

Choose your project, and register now.

The projects below are engaging and accessible learning experiences that are authentic and relevant, and teach content as well as key success skills.

Pop Up Our Lives Online


STEM Project

"Our Lives Online"

Driving Question: How can we make the internet a healthier place for our friends, families, and communities?

Students reflect on the ways they, their friends, and their families use social media, and learn about the impacts of social media on mental and physical health, communities, and societies. They engage in a design thinking process to investigate a specific challenge associated with technology and social media use and design a solution to that challenge.  Students present their solution in a 3-5 minute digital “pitch” that outlines the challenge and proposed solution and explains how the design was informed by a human-centered design process.

Cost: $225
Date: January 28 - February 11, 2021 (5 sessions)
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm Eastern Time

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Pop Up Building New Worlds



"Building New Worlds"

Driving Question: What other worlds are possible?

Students create a vision for a new reality, addressing considerations like governmental, economic, and social structures, transportation and communication, conflict resolution, and human relationships to one another and to the physical environment. To inform this vision, students explore examples of social and cultural practices from around the world and throughout history. They also read and discuss speculative fiction set in imagined societies. As a final product, students create a 3-5 minute digital “tour” of the world they have imagined.

Cost: $225
Date: January 28 - February 11, 2021 (5 sessions)
Time: 7:00pm-8:30pm Eastern Time

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Who should join these projects?

Our Pop-Up Projects are designed for practicing 3rd through 12th-grade classroom teachers who are new to PBL or experienced with PBL. Teachers should be available to facilitate the project during the designated time period - January 28 to February 11, 2021.

Experience outcomes

  • Implement a high-quality project in your classroom.
  • Learn and apply the elements of High Quality PBL (HQPBL), the phases of the Project Path, and key PBL instructional strategies.

The essentials

  • A ready-made, high-quality project for you to use with your students.
  • A  2-week facilitated experience consisting of five 90-minute professional development webinars, to support each step of your project facilitation. 
  • Opportunities to plan, collaborate, and reflect with a cohort of other teachers facilitating the same project at the same time.
  • Guided by a member of the PBLWorks National Faculty – a hand-picked group of seasoned teachers, administrators, school coaches, and PBL experts.

Additional Course Details

  • Course Outline


    I. Project Launch - Thu, Jan 28, 7:00 PM

    II. Build Knowledge - Tue, Feb 2, 7:00 PM

    III. Develop & Critique - Thu, Feb 4, 7:00 PM

    IV. Present Learning - Tue, Feb 9, 7:00 PM

    V. Feedback & Project Reflections - Thu, Feb 11, 7:00 PM


  • Learning Materials

    Required Text: None. Required materials are provided online

    Supplemental Reading (optional): Setting the Standard for Project Based Learning  (Larmer, Mergendoller, & Boss, 2015)

  • Technical Requirements


    • Desktop, laptop, Chromebook, or Surface PRO 4 or newer are ideal. (We do not recommend iOS or Android tablets)
    • Speakers (either external or internal) or headphones/earbuds 
    • Webcam (either external or internal)

    Internet Connection

    • An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless
    • 3Mbps/3Mbps (upload/download) – Not sure? Check here. 

    Operating Systems

    • Mac OS 10.10 or newer, Windows 10 or newer, and Chrome OS Browsers
    • Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Microsoft Edge are recommended.


    • Zoom Video Conferencing program (latest update), available for free download here
    • Google Docs via a Google-enabled account. Free sign up here.

Ready to get started?

Choose a project & register