Welcome to Sprocket: A portal of no cost, project-based learning courses for educators everywhere.
Sprocket is also an online community where teachers are able to share ways to implement and adapt the courses.
Research Based Curriculum Created by Experts
We establish strategic collaborations between groups with shared problems of practice; partnering
university-based researchers, educational research firms, and non-profits with teacher
practitioners, districts, and schools. The goal of such collaborations is to design curricula
with a designed based implementation research approach that can be field-tested in
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What is Project-Based Learning?
Project-based learning (PBL) is a form of inquiry-based learning in which the primary objectives for students include development of the following: their intrinsic motivation, problem-solving skills, the ability to guide their own learning and other metacognitive skills, collaborative skills, and the ability to transfer knowledge, skills, and attitudes to other contexts. Students work alone or in groups on complex tasks organized around central questions that lead to a final product. Teachers play a facilitator role while addressing the principles of inquiry-based learning.
Sprocket is an online portal for teachers to access full-year project-based learning courses. It also includes an online community where teachers are able to share ways to implement and adapt the courses. Using Sprocket, teachers can collectively build innovative project-based practices that can be replicated, adapted, and used in classrooms across the country.
About Open Educational Resources
Open Educational Resources (OER) are shared teaching, learning, and research resources that are free for public use, either through Creative Commons licensing or are in the public domain. Sprocket materials are available free of charge under a Creative Commons license as OER. The core science curriculum is licensed CC BY NC 4.0. All other curriculum and other website content are licensed CC BY 4.0. Please note the curriculum has not been updated after its posted publication date.