Industry Partner Recruitment

The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) is partnering with advanced manufacturing businesses in New England in the development of authentic real world Advanced Manufacturing Problem Based Learning (AM PBL) curricula. The resulting multidisciplinary web-based instructional materials, called Challenges (multimedia case studies), will focus on real-world problem-solving strategies used in advanced manufacturing fields such as aerospace, composite materials, medical devices, nanotechnology, optics, precision measurement and semiconductors to promote the development of student problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

The project team will provide professional development instruction for secondary and postsecondary in-service STEM educators, as well as teacher education faculty, in the use of the Advanced Manufacturing PBL Challenges.

Participation in this project will contribute to a more competitive New England workforce and provide an opportunity for New England advanced manufacturing businesses to showcase their products and services in support of educating students to build their advanced manufacturing technical skills, critical thinking, problem-solving and team-building skills.


What Does it Mean to Be an Industry Partner?

Collaboration with this project entails working with the project team to identify a technical problem that your organization has solved, having the project team spend part of a day video-recording the reenactment of how the corporate team solved the problem, reviewing a draft of the Challenge scripts, assisting with locating applicable resources for students and teachers, and approving the final version for inclusion on the project’s website and subsequent use in high schools, community colleges and four-year colleges and universities across New England.


Testimonials from Previous Partners:

The following quotes from Challenge partners who participated in the STEM PBL and PHOTON PBL project are the result of surveys designed by the projects evaluators to determine industry partners’ satisfaction with the Challenge development process. The surveys of the Challenge partners indicated each partner found the planning process, recording visit and draft reviews easy to accommodate.


What Industry Partners are Saying about Challenge Development

“We welcome any opportunity to participate in the sustainability of our industry through ensuring the technical education of future service providers and problem-solvers. There can be nothing more beneficial to the future of our interest. This was the first time we have been able to contribute directly toward the education and curriculum of the people who will be addressing our problems. For us, it was a perfect match.”

– Industry Association, STEM PBL Challenge Partner


“PBL actively engages students in the problem-solving process with problems that have real applications and many times aren’t as well-structured as end-of-chapter problems found in lecture-based textbooks…Once our company learned of STEM PBL, we realized it was the vehicle to provide problem based learning to a larger audience of students without compromising our company’s productivity. Collaborating with STEM PBL is an investment in the future. As these students complete their education and enter the workforce, their ability to critically think and solve real-world problems will be an asset for any company.”

– Technology Company, STEM PBL Challenge Partner


“The value is to have helped educate students to be better prepared for employment. The Challenges should help with the problem solving scenarios that students may be faced with in industry.”

– Technology Company, PHOTON PBL Challenge Partner


Want to Learn More?

For further information on Challenge development and related opportunities, please contact Principal Investigator Fenna Hanes at or 617-357-9620 x 129.

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