The Teays Valley Educational Foundation recently awarded Scioto Elementary School first grade teacher Dawn Wasem a $360.59 grant to continue her problem-based learning project focused on conservation. The project centers around reducing consumption, as well as recycling some of the waste the school is creating. “Three years ago, I began a problem-based learning (PBL) unit in my Kindergarten classroom focused on conservation. This work has been connected to Ohio’s Science Content Standards and provides students with experiences that have real world application,” Wasem said. “The Foundation graciously supported this work with an $800 grant in 2017 and I am thankful that they have chosen to support our continuing efforts. Students are working to solve real life problems that affect them every day. I see students taking ownership of their work and are more engaged in the learning. They also gain valuable experience in building soft skills, such as communication, collaboration and critical thinking. This is the kind of work that has a lasting impact on children.” TVEF board member Jen Love is pictured presenting the check to Wasem.