Students Shine at PBL Summer Cup

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PHMC hosted the first annual PBL Summer Cup on Tuesday, August 9th. Students from elementary and middle school OST programs throughout Philadelphia came to Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church to present projects to a panel of judges, perform for one another, and compete for recognition.

Part science fair and part talent show, the PBL Summer Cup featured a variety of project topics. The winner of this year’s competition, Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia, South Center, used the Summer Olympics as a vehicle to study the cultures of countries around the world. The students prepared a tri-fold board with information they learned while completing the project, and also presented traditional dances from Cambodia, the home country of many Cambodian Association families and a frequent participant in the Olympic Games.   

Students at the Institute for the Development of African-American Youth (IDAAY) OST program at WagnerMiddle Schoolcompleted a project about the relationship between human beings and the natural world, and received 2nd place in the middle school division. The 3rd place winner in the elementary school division, Young Achievers Learning Center, Creighton Elementary School, studied the differences between domesticated animals found on farms and their wild counterparts.  

 Over 200 students and staff members from 25 OST programs participated in the PBL Summer Cup, and judges came from organizations across the city, including theUnited Way, the Franklin Institute, Foundations Inc. and the City ofPhiladelphia. “It was great for our kids to have a public venue to share their work,” said Timothy Gibbon, the Site Director at Congreso de Latinos Unidos-Fairhill Elementary School.

Ultimately, the success of the PBL Summer Cup can be measured by the positive responses from participating students. Katikka Harris, the Site Director at Indochinese American Council-Logan Elementary School, said “our students are still talking about what they saw and enjoyed!” At the Education Works-Blankenburg Elementary School OST program, the spirit of friendly competition is alive and well. “The students saw what it takes to win and are determined to come in first place next year,” said Jacynda Williams, Site Coordinator.

Meanwhile, plans are already underway for next year’s PBL Summer Cup.

The full list of winners is below.

PBL Summer Cup Champion:  Cambodian Association at South Center.  Project:  Summer Camp Olympics

Elementary, 2nd Place:  Wordsworth at Walter Palmer. Project:  Celebrating Diversity.

Elementary, 3rd Place:  Young Achievers at Creighton.  Project:  Down on the Farm/ Out in the Wild

Middle, 2nd Place:  IDAAY at Wagner.  Project:  Nature:  In it?  Of it?

Middle, 3rd Place:  Congreso at Fairhill.  Project:  The Amazing Race:   Djehuti Moody and the Freedom School Summer

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