Implementing PBL in the Classroom Workshop

The PBL Projects team has presented numerous workshops across the nation to introduce secondary and postsecondary STEM instructors to how to implement PBL in the classroom.

Workshops can vary from a brief overview introduction lasting an hour, to a two-hour, one-day or a multiple-day event in which STEM instructors work in teams and complete a Challenge as their students would.

During the current AM PBL project’s upcoming five-day professional development workshop that will be held in July 2014 in Boston, participants will have a chance not only to work through the six new AM PBL Challenges, they will also learn how to develop their own Challenges. See case study of a Make Your Own Challenge below.

All versions of the “Implementation” and the “Make Your Own Challenge” workshops can be delivered, for a fee, for a single institution or district, or as an open workshop for multiple institutions and/or school districts.


Kennebec Valley Community College (KVCC) Energy Services and Technology (EST) Project: A Case Study

Partnering with the mechanical services industry and the New England Board of Higher Education, Kennebec Valley Community College’s (KVCC)  \Energy Services and Technology (EST) project is focused on producing more qualified technicians to meet the growing demand from Maine-based employers who need workers that possess a combination of cross-cutting technical skills and the ability to problem-solve complex, systemic issues. KVCC, in collaboration with the mechanical services industry in Maine, received funding from the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education-funded program (NSF ATE DUE# 1204933) to develop a new associate degree program in EST.

Over the past year, the PBL Projects team consulted with EST faculty members to assist them, using the PBL Challenge Design Guide, to create their own PBL Challenges for four new five-credit lab-based courses that will be part of the new program. The first Challenge, developed over the summer of 2013, will be implemented in the new PBL 101 – Plumbing Fundamentals course in the fall 2013 semester.  During the current academic year, the PBL Projects team will continue to consult with KVCC faculty members to develop three additional Challenges for these EST classes: PBL 201 – Advanced Plumbing, HAC 101 – Heating Fundamentals and HAC 201 – Advanced Heating.

For more information about consulting options, contact AM PBL Principal Investigator Fenna Hanes at

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