The goal of UREO (Uranium and Radiation Education Outreach) is to increase
awareness of uranium and radiation health and environmental issues for students (grades 3 12) and community
members living in communities that are impacted by uranium mining activities on the Navajo Nation. The
program encourages collaboration between educators of Native American students and tribal environmental
professionals to address community environmental issues. Additionally, the program encourages Native American
students to consider preparing for and entering environmental careers. UREO believes that problem-based
learning (PBL) is an effective pedagogical technique to accomplish these goals.
"Education involves either problem solving or preparation for problem solving... When teachers and schools
skip the problem-formulating stage handing facts and procedures to students without giving them a chance to
develop their own questions and investigate by themselves students may memorize material but will not fully
understand or be able to use it. Problem-based learning (PBL) provides a structure for discovery that helps
students internalize learning and leads to greater comprehension."
Robert Delisle, 1997
How to Use Problem-Based Learning in the Classroom