Problem-Based Learning in the Classroom Using STEM Topics

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Problem-Based Learning in the Classroom Using 
STEM Topics
EASTEC Eastern States Exposition
A NEBHE Meeting Sponsored by
The Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME)
West Springfield, Mass.
Thurs., May 16, 2013 · 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is an educational method 
that engages students in inquiry-based “real world” problem 
solving. It has been used extensively in medical education 
since the early 1970s, but is only beginning to emerge in 
engineering and technology education as an alternative to
lecture-based instruction.

In this workshop, sponsored by the New England Board 
of Higher Education (NEBHE), participants will use STEM 
PBL “Challenges,” authentic web-based multimedia case
studies, to enhance students’ content knowledge, critical
thinking skills, and ability to work in teams. PBL Challenges 
are based on authentic industry problems.

A new project, Advanced Manufacturing PBL (AM PBL), 
will soon begin recruiting high school and college STEM 
faculty to participate in a 2014 professional development 
workshop and subsequent field-testing activities.

Intended Audience: Secondary and postsecondary STEM faculty and administrators.

As a result of taking part in this workshop, participants will:
* Learn how to incorporate PBL into the classroom.
* Learn how the web-based STEM PBL Challenges can be used in the classroom.
* Have access to the PBL curriculum materials.

For further information, please contact Project Coordinator Nicole Schepker at or by phone at 617-357-9620 x 129.

Registration Fee: $20.00 (lunch included)

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The workshop is co-sponsored by SME. Workshop participants will join the SME meeting attendees for a luncheon (at no additional cost) that includes a panel presentation: Challenges and Solutions for a Qualified Workforce Pipeline.

The Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) funded the two projects,
PHOTON PBL-DUE#0603143 and STEM PBL-DUE#0903051, and funds AM PBL-DUE#1204941.

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