The STEM Guitar project explores the design and manufacturing of
guitars to better engage students that otherwise may not be
connected to STEM oriented subject matter. It uses the context of
building a guitar to explore difficult theoretical concepts and
advance STEM learning by:
1) quantifying the student learning gains that result from the implementation of the new STEM guitar curriculum;
2) improving and expanding a variety of faculty professional development activities; and
3) focusing additional curriculum development activities to incorporate national standards and address gaps in skills that are identified by industry participants. Comprehensive ten-day faculty professional development institutes engage faculty teams in the discovery of new STEM learning tools/techniques and build a diverse community of regional partners.