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This is a project focused on the human mind, how it works, the types of intelligence humans have, and why some incredibly gifted and talented people have “islands of genius” in a narrow area such as music, art, calendar calculations, or mathematics. While some of these people—such as prodigies—are without mental or physical impairments, others are either born with a mental impairment, such as Savant Syndrome, or incur the impairment as a result of a brain injury. After studying about the human brain (its anatomy, how it works, types of intelligence and motor skills that each portion of the brain controls), students can choose deeper inquiries into various areas involving anatomy, psychology, music, math and more.

Educational Passages has 5 foot boats launched by students located all over the world. The boats often wind-up crossing the Atlantic while the students track the boats, learn oceanography, meteorology, naval architecture and more. Students located in receiving destinations relaunch the boats. Oftentimes surfers or other non-students find the boats, which carry messages asking the finder to take the boat to a school to enable local classrooms to participate in sending the boats on. Memorabilia are added to the interior so that students learn about other cultures etc.

​​Educational Passages, published February 21, 2017

Twice a year we post PBL Creation Challenges. As a starting point, we provide:


  • Overview / Topic

  • Links to Supporting Materials

  • PBL Unpacked with Suggested Criteria


Your challenge is to create an engaging, rubric-anchored project from this starting point, then share it here on the PBL Lounge. Participants will have their work showcased on the Home Page of the PBL Lounge. Choose from one of the PBLs Challenges below!

Spring 2017 Challenge

WhereLearnersGather

Links to Support Materials

Educational Passages Website


PBL Unpacked with Suggested Criteria

​Click the thumbnail below for suggested Questions & Themes, Areas of Knowledge and more; but shape this PBL to fit your educational requirements and goals. Once the project is complete, use the Unpack My PBL tool to let us know how you've re-framed the PBL to be your own!


Beyond Participant Recognition

In addition to being featured on the Home Page of the PBL Lounge, participants will be entered into a drawing to have a high-ranking U.S. Naval Officer meet with their students via a Virtual Town Hall, during which students will be able to share their findings and ask questions to a maritime expert!


If you have a questions regarding the Maritime PBL Challenge, contact us at admin@plblounge.org.

​​Islands of Genius, published February 21, 2017

P B L   C R E A T I O N   C H A L L E N G E

PBL Lounge

​​​​​​​Additional resources provided with the PBL:

Activities to Consider

Areas of Inquiry to Consider

Areas of Knowledge & Understanding to Consider


Links to Support Materials

Prodigy: Chooka Parker

Featured Island of Genius

How Savants Do What They Do?

An Extraordinary Condition

​Ancestral or Genetic Memory?

Flawless Playing

Eyes of My Heart

How Do You Raise a Prodigy?

PBL Unpacked with Suggested Criteria

​Click the thumbnail below for suggested Questions & Themes, Areas of Knowledge and more; but shape this PBL to fit your educational requirements and goals. Once the project is complete, use the Unpack My PBL tool to let us know how you've re-framed the PBL to be your own!​​


Beyond Participant Recognition

In addition to being featured on the Home Page of the PBL Lounge, participants will be entered into a drawing to have Professional Musician meet with their students via a Virtual Town Hall, during which students will be able to share their findings and ask questions to an expert!


​If you have a questions regarding the Maritime PBL Challenge, contact us at admin@plblounge.org.