Project-based learning is a teaching approach that calls on students to explore real-world problems, using their own curiosity to fuel deeper inquiry and to seek deeper knowledge across academic disciplines. A central technique within STEM programs, project-based learning cultivates a holistic understanding of multiple subject matters, engages student creativity, and encourages effective teamwork. Project-based learning informs curriculum development, teacher training and collaboration, and the design of classrooms, labs and shared studio spaces.

STEM professions commonly require the effective completion of projects, calling for robust skills in individual work, interdisciplinary team collaboration, and the delivery of creative products. At its best, project-based learning offers unique and effective preparation for this professional work.