Deadline Extended! STEM Problem-Based Learning Opportunity for Educators

In fall 2012, the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) was awarded a three-year $900,000 grant from the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education program for a project titled Advanced Manufacturing Problem Based Learning (AM PBL).

The project aims to improve science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education in New England by developing interdisciplinary problem-based learning (PBL) challenges (case studies) focused on authentic real-world problems in advanced manufacturing that can be infused into STEM curricula. The project aims to enrich the pipeline of high school students prepared and motivated to pursue STEM-related careers in advanced manufacturing.

NEBHE is recruiting New England secondary and postsecondary STEM educators and STEM teacher-educators to participate in the AM PBL project. STEM secondary and postsecondary educators are encouraged to apply in geographically proximate “Alliances,” comprising one secondary educator and one postsecondary educator. Such Alliances will encourage development of educational pathways for students, as well as a support network for instructors.

Participation in the AM PBL project will include:

1) A five-day professional development workshop in Boston from Sunday July 27 through Friday, Aug. 1, 2014. The grant will cover participants’ travel, accommodations and most meals.

2) Field-testing two or more AM PBL Challenges between fall 2014 and spring 2015. A $500 stipend per challenge (up to $1,000) will be paid upon submission of implementation reports.

3) CEU credit hours available for no charge. Graduate course credit will be available for a fee.

4) A Capstone Showcase workshop at the end of academic year 2014-15.

Application information and deadlines are below:

  • Application A submitted online no later than Friday, Nov. 22, 2013.
  • Application B submitted by email, fax or mail no later than Friday. Nov. 22, 2013.
  • Secondary and Postsecondary STEM Educator application packet HERE.
  • STEM Teacher Educator application packet HERE.

To learn more about the AM PBL project, please go to

For further information, contact Project Coordinator Nicole Schepker at or by phone at 617-357-9620 x 113.


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