PI Fenna Hanes and Co-PI Judy Donnelly, along with Three Rivers Community College manufacturing faculty and AM-PBL participant Michael Gentry and Kelli Vallieres, AM-PBL Advisory Board Chair and President/CEO of Sound Manufacturing, co-hosted a professional development workshop for middle and high school teachers at Three Rivers Community College.
STEM teachers from Connecticut were introduced to PBL by completing the FloDesign Challenge to develop a novel method for extracting energy from a wind turbines. They were also able to hear from industry speakers from the Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA) to learn more about the skills manufacturing employers are looking for in their students.
Each teacher received either a wind turbine or an electrical generator kit, and Gentry explained how these could be used to augment the Challenge in math, science and technology classes. Teachers will receive ongoing support throughout the winter months to assist them in implementing PBL in the classroom. A second workshop will be held in March. The workshops are a pilot project supported by NEBHE, EAMA, and the Eastern Workforce Investment Board (EWIB).