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Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning is an integral part of the Brigade experience. Midshipmen gain real-life experience through teamwork, problem solving and designing their own experiments. The yearlong process involved creating proposals, debating ideas, collecting data and demonstrating their results. Thanks to generous supporters, project-based learning continues to be instrumental in preparing midshipmen for the challenges they will face in the fleet. As the Naval Academy’s annual federal appropriation does not fund the entire range of Project-Based Learning activities necessary to achieve these goals, the generosity of donors provides a vital margin of excellence.

With the support of faculty, partner organizations and sponsors, every midshipman completes a research project in their field of studies before they graduate. This year’s graduating class included more than 270 multidisciplinary projects in the fields of Engineering and Weapons, Mathematics and Science, and Humanities and Social Sciences. Traditionally held each spring, Capstone Day offers midshipmen the chance to present their project-based learning research to their peers and the Naval Academy community.

The Capstone Day 2021 Brochure and the Capstone Day homepage offer detailed descriptions on the diverse range projects and programs that use project-based learning.

For a complete narrative, please review the 2020-2021 Project-Based Learning Stewardship Report