Why Give?

Project-Based Learning

Project-Based Learning is a comprehensive instructional approach that engages students in practical and cooperative investigation. The complexity of today’s naval weapons mandates a multidisciplinary approach to engineering and technology, making PBL an essential part of midshipmen education. Students in STEM majors such as Aerospace, Oceanography, Meteorology and Cyber Security Studies gain real-life experience and work together in teams to create projects and make sense of problems by:

•  Asking and refining questions
•  Making predictions and drawing conclusions
•  Designing plans and experiments
•  Collecting and analyzing data
•  Communicating ideas and discoveries to others

These projects are highlighted during the annual Capstone Day, which is held each year in April. As the 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.