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Title: STEM Guitar Project
Url: http://www.guitarbuilding.org/
Publisher: Butler County Community College
Description: This ATE professional development project is a collaboration between STEM faculty teams from Butler County Community College (Butler, PA), Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN), Sinclair Community College (Dayton, OH), Ventura College (Ventura, CA), College of the Redwoods (Eureka, Ca.), as well as high school STEM faculty in each of the states involved. Faculty teams at the respective locations are working together to design, build, and analyze solid body electric guitars as a means of learning applied concepts of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and as a means of understanding product lifecycle management. This experience is providing teachers and students an accurate simulation of the collaborative design and rapid manufacturing processes routinely used in business and industry. Over 150 STEM faculty members from high schools and community colleges are participating in an intense five-day Summer Professional Development Program and are having extensive academic year follow-up activities. The teacher participants are using these processes and simulations in their classrooms to enhance the STEM laboratory learning experience. Nearly 5000 students are learning about cross-disciplinary STEM problem solving that is becoming increasingly important for new design technicians to experience.

On the site, visitors can find curriculum materials including classroom tools and information on guitar fabrication. There are also details of upcoming workshops and professional development opportunities. In the Storefront section, visitors can learn about how to purchase a guitar kit.
LC Classification: Education -- Theory and practice of education -- Education and training of teachers and administrators -- In-service training of teachers
Social sciences -- Commerce -- Business -- Marketing -- Marketing management -- Product management -- Product life cycle
Technology -- Manufactures
Technology -- Technology (General) -- Technical education. Technical schools
GEM Subject: Science -- Engineering
Science -- Technology
Vocational Education -- Technology
Key Concept: Manufacturing -- Product design
Manufacturing -- Production lines
Date Issued: 2009-09-01
Resource Type: Event (DCMI Type Vocabulary)
Instructional Materials
Lesson Plans
Reading Materials
Format: flash
Audience: College/University Instructors
Continuous Formation
Higher Education
Professional Formation
Technical School First Cycle
Technical School Second Cycle
University First Cycle
Vocational Training
Language: English
Rights: Guitarbuilding.org
Access Rights: Free access
Source Type: NSF Award Database
Source: ATE Projects
Full Record Views: 40
Resource URL Clicks: 13
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