Improving STEM Education via Problem-based Learning

The New England Board of Higher Education has begun a project to improve the training and education of students and professionals involved in fields related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  According to the Board’s website:

The STEM PBL Project is developing problem-based learning (PBL) instructional resources and providing professional development activities in STEM subjects with a focus on sustainable technologies. NEBHE’s previous NSF/ATE funded projects focused on optics and photonics.

 The current project goal is to increase the number of job-ready STEM workers by engaging high school and college students with challenging learning materials and innovative teaching methods.

 Students are prepared for the real world by working in teams to solve an authentic technological workplace problem where multiple solutions are possible. The instructor facilitates and acts as consultant as students balance technology, budget and time constraints to devise and test a solution.

You can read about the initiative here.  You can see some of its problem-based learning projects here.


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