The AM PBL Institute

Sunday July 27, 2014 – Friday August 1, 2014
Boston University, Boston, MA

In fall 2013, NEBHE recruited New England secondary and postsecondary in-service STEM educators, as well as teacher education faculty, to participate in the AM PBL project. Secondary and postsecondary educators were encouraged to pairs called an Alliance partnership in order to foster collaboration between secondary and postsecondary institutions. The goal of the Alliance model is to support instructors’ professional development, build an academic pipeline from high school to college, and cultivate students’ aspirations to participate in higher education.

As a result of taking part in the AM PBL Institute and follow-up activities, participating secondary and postsecondary STEM in-service educators were able to:

  • Learn how the web-based Advanced Manufacturing PBL Challenges can be used in the classroom.
  • Practice with web-based Advanced Manufacturing PBL Challenges developed through the Advanced Manufacturing PBL project.
  • Learn student assessment strategies for PBL.
  • Learn to design your own PBL Challenges.
  • Gain access to the PBL curriculum materials developed by the Advanced Manufacturing PBL, PHOTON PBL and STEM PBL projects.
  • Receive stipends for field-testing Advanced Manufacturing Challenges
  • Become part of a nationwide network of PBL educators dedicated to sharing knowledge with fellow project participants.
  • Share implementation stories with the other project participants in a capstone showcase workshop (summer 2015).

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