Being involved in a project outside the school community is one of the most important experiences a high school student can have. It shows initiative, creativity, restlessness for learning and it helps students build important team working skills, time management abilities, while learning independent research, filtering information from sources, and building a strong network with other students and supervisors in the field of their interest. For all the reasons above, we at CLC come up with topical and exciting projects for our students so to enhance their profile, while giving them the chance to delve into research and having an impact on their community.
Project based learning is of outmost importance in today’s fast paced and ever changing world. Students and society in general need to address new problems almost every day, and to solve highly complex problems requires that students have both fundamental skills like reading, writing, and math and 21st century skills such as teamwork, problem solving, research gathering, time management, information synthesizing, utilizing high tech tools. With this combination of skills, students become directors and managers of their learning process, guided and mentored by a skilled supervisor, usually from the CLC Alumni network.
Forming groups, bringing students together, and uniting them under the umbrella of a scientific or community project will truly give an edge to their applications and will be a great asset for their cv that will follow them for life. This is why an independent research project is valued by universities and also is usually in the top-5 activities listed at the common application for the USA universities (or in the personal statement for European Universities).
This way CLC students learn through first-hand involvement about personal and social responsibility, while developing their planning, critical thinking, reasoning, and creativity skills. By working together, students build strong communication skills, both for interpersonal and presentation needs, attain cross-cultural understanding, advance visualizing and decision making skills important for the completion of a project, while knowing how and when to use technology and choosing the most appropriate tool for the task assigned. One of the major advantages of project work is that it makes teenagers understand better what real life is outside school. An in-depth investigation of a real-world topic is CLC’s priority and it’s worthy of children’s attention and effort.
Learn more about CLC’s students projects: www.clcengage.com