AM PBL Teachers’ Resources

NEBHE’s PBL Projects have produced a clearinghouse of teachers’ resources to be used in the implementation and assessment of the PBL Challenges. The resulting teachers’ resources have been developed and revised based on field-testing findings from the STEM PBL and PHOTON PBL projects.

The Advanced Manufacturing PBL Challenges are currently under development (five have already been developed and a sixth is forthcoming) and will use the same or similar teachers’ resources as those shown below. In addition, new teachers’ resources that pertain specifically to the Advanced Manufacturing PBL project are currently available and still being developed as the Challenges are field-tested under the current project. A general overview of previously developed teachers’ resources can be found below.


What is the PBL Education Process?

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The PBL Projects approach to assessing student learning includes three separate measures: content knowledgeconceptual knowledge and problem-solving ability. This model, developed and field-tested during NEBHE’s previous STEM PBL and PHOTON PBL projects, is illustrated below.

Content knowledge is assessed by content quizzes specific to each PBL Challenge, concept mapping assesses conceptual knowledge, and problem-solving ability is assessed by a final Challenge report. A guide to team assessment can be found here. For further information on assessment strategies for PBL, please read the guide to Assessing Student Learning in PBL by Advanced Manufacturing PBL Co-Principal Investigator Nicholas Massa, Professor, Laser and Fiber Optic Technology, Springfield Technical Community College (STCC).


Additional AM PBL  Teachers’ Resources Include:

  • PBL Challenge Implementation Guide
  • AM PBL Newsletters
  • Common Core Standards Alignment
  • Sample AM PBL Implementation Stories
    • A sample of Implementation Stories from each PBL Project (AM PBL, STEM PBL and PHOTON PBL) have been compiled from teacher and student survey feedback received after a Challenge is completed. The compiled stories are drawn from different levels of education to show a sampling of how the Challenges are used in real high school, two- and four-year college classrooms. In each Challenges’ Teacher Resources section, a wider breadth of implementation stories exist that pertain specifically to the implementation of that Challenge. This section of the Challenge is password protected to prevent student access. Passwords can be obtained upon request by contacting

Challenge Partners & Collaborators

The AM PBL project has developed a series of six multimedia industry-based Challenges designed to stimulate problem-based learning in the classroom. AM PBL Challenge partners and project collaborators can be found below.


PBL Pedagogy Courses Developed at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU)

During NEBHE’s STEM PBL project funded by NSF-ATE, Co-Principal Investigators (Co-PI’s) at Central Connecticut State University (CCSU) adapted pre- and in-service technology and engineering education courses to include pedagogical lessons in PBL.

Students enrolled in the Teaching Technology and Engineering Education (TE-399) pre-service undergraduate course and the STEM PBL Applications for Science and Technology Teachers (TE-506) in-service graduate course experience PBL as a student in a STEM classroom. Pre- and in-service instructors are formed into teams to solve selected STEM PBL and PHOTON PBL Challenges (multimedia case studies) are offered at varying levels of instruction in order to receive a hands-on education in how to implement PBL into their own classrooms: structured (entirely instructor-led, least student autonomy), guided (instructor guided, increased student autonomy) and open-ended (instructor as facilitator, most student autonomy).

Through participation in the CSSU courses, pre- and in-service technology and engineering education instructors:

  • Learn how to incorporate problem based learning in the classroom by using NEBHE’s field-tested web-based PBL Challenges developed by the STEM PBL and PHOTON PBL projects.
  • Experience PBL as students tasked with solving a PBL Challenge would.
  • Receive a comprehensive overview of student and teachers’ resources developed by the project.
  • Learn field-tested assessment and implementation strategies for problem based learning.
  • Receive access to the PHOTON PBL and STEM PBL instructional materials.
  • Gain access to a PBL listserv for continued networking with the PBL project team and PBL practitioners.

For more information on the CCSU PBL pedagogy courses, please contact James DeLaura, chair, Technology and Engineering Education Department, CCSU at


Course Adaptations for the Advanced Manufacturing PBL Project

The Advanced Manufacturing PBL project team will enhance and implement the replicable Teaching Technology and Engineering Education (TE-399) course developed during the STEM PBL project to include the newly developed Advanced Manufacturing PBL Challenges.

Additionally, the new Advanced Manufacturing PBL Challenges will be integrated into the graduate level course for in-service STEM teachers, STEM PBL Applications for Science and Technology TeachersAs a capstone project for the course, students will use the pedagogical strategies and technical skills they acquire throughout the semester to develop original multimedia PBL Challenges related to advanced manufacturing topics of their choosing. The capstone projects will help to build and sustain an online library of PBL instructional resources designed by in-service STEM educators.

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