Workshops on Using Music to Spark Interest in STEM
The National Science Foundation STEM Guitar Project hosts free weeklong workshops for high school and college educators across the country. Mark French, Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Purdue University, had the idea to use guitars and music to spark interest in STEM. Teachers who participate in the workshops make their own guitars throughout the week using a variety of technical skills—computer-aided design, woodworking, soldering and electrical wiring, among others. The workshop gives teachers all of the skills and educational materials they need to take the project to their classrooms. While the workshop is fully funded by the National Science Foundation, teachers need to find ways to get their own programs off the ground, such as through fundraising and later by selling the guitars they make.
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