This ATE curriculum and professional development project, "Problem-Based Learning (PBL) for Sustainable Technology: Increasing the STEM Pipeline" is building on a strong foundation from previous projects including PHOTON PBL (DUE#0603143). Using Problem-Based Learning (PBL), they are developing active hands-on learning resources that challenge students to explore new and emerging technologies, to "think outside the box," and to apply their knowledge, skills and creativity in solving authentic real-world problems. This project is 1) expanding the scope of PHOTON PBL multimedia instructional materials to address additional STEM disciplines with a focus on sustainable technologies such as alternative energy, lighting, sensors, environmental protection, nanotechnology and biotechnology; 2) creating and implementing a web-based professional development course for the PHOTON PBL; and 3) developing a model one-semester classroom course in problem-based instructional methods for use in pre-service Technology and Engineering Education programs. They are also conducting research on the efficacy of Problem-Based Learning in STEM education. Their results are being disseminated through the project website (www.photonprojects.org), listserve, annual newsletter, presentations at professional organization meetings, and publications in professional journals. On this site, visitors can read about the project, its publications and newsletter, and view a sample Challenge multimedia presentation.
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