Project-based learning (PBL) is a teaching technique that holds the potential of having a high impact on student learning and success. Project-based learning at MDC engages students with real-world problems (local to global) and challenges them to find and propose solutions. Problems investigated are rooted in the curriculum and require students to apply skills from more than one discipline. The execution of the project takes place over time and can extend beyond one semester or course. Students work in teams under the guidance of the professor. The student work culminates in the proposal and defense of a prototype solution (ex. a process or product). In the process, students develop critical, creative and practical thinking as well as communication skills.