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AM PBL Showcase

On July 13th and 14th the PBL Projects team held a showcase of the PBL implementation work done by participants of last year’s Advanced Manufacturing Summer Professional Development Institute. This event was attended by industry, students, educators, and administrators.

Image 1: Marina Bograd of MassBay Community College stands with PBL Projects Principal Investigator, Fenna Hanes, and New England Board of Higher Education President, Michael Thomas, after discussing her work with the IBM PBL Challenge.

Image 2: Karen Supan of Norwich University showcases her PBL implementation experiences with the Hypertherm and FastCAP Challenges.

Image 3: Don Bossi, President of FIRST Robotics, stands with Robotics Team 4048, nicknamed Red Shift, from Westborough High School. Bossi and the robotics team went on to give a keynote address on the value of the hands on, real-life learning involved in FIRST and Problem-Based Learning (PBL).

Image 4: Charlie McLaughlin of Rhode Island College shows a fellow educator how he implemented the FloDesign Challenge in his classroom and how he and his students used 3-D printing to make their own wind turbines.

Image 5: Stewart Foster from Global Foundries (formerly IBM) spoke on an industry panel with Kelli Vallieres, President of Sound Manufacturing, on the value of PBL to the workforce.

Image 6: Fenna Hanes, PBL Projects Principal Investigator, stands with Charles Desmond, Senior Fellow at the New England Board of Higher Education.

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