Electric guitars are an excellent vehicle to learn about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Many teachers around the country are participating in week-long institutes to bring this exciting project back to their students. This project gets students excited about school. Some students report that they see a relevance to other subjects, and having found direction for their future as a result of building an electric guitar in school. Schools implement differently. In some cases, the guitar may be part of a class, such as an Engineering & Technology department Manufacturing class, or may be an after school club. Guitar kits of high quality components are available to students for under $200.
The National Science Foundation STEM Guitar Project provides innovative professional development to high school and community college faculty. Faculty teams will take part in an intense five day guitar design/build project. Each faculty member will build his/her own custom electric guitar and will engage in student centered learning activities that relate the guitar design to specific math, science and engineering topics. Participants will leave this week-long experience with their custom-made guitars, curriculum modules with short term assessments that can be immediately integrated into the faculty teams school curriculum, and much more.
Apply to participate in a 5-day electric guitar design & build learning new hands-on applications for STEM education. Complete application for consideration to receive fellowship to attend the STEM Guitar Building Institute in your region.
Who should apply?
The institute application process is open to all STEM educators primarily focused in the 9-12 High school grade level, community college and freshman / sophomore university instruction.
Click here to download the Stem Guitar Participation Agreement Participation agreement details may change based on the grant funding.
We encourage you to share these documents with your supporting faculty and administrators.
Here is the pay off: Engaged student learning
Nancy Chang and Cathy Webb, two of our champion faculty from Edmonds Heights K-12 school (Edmonds, WA) have integrated our STEM based guitar building project into the math and science curriculum this academic year and after school activities at the high school. Nancy, Cathy and their students have captured and produced a video highlighting their very first academic STEM guitar build project.
Additionally, Please check out their website to find out more information on how they are using the STEM guitar project in the classroom: http://themathvortex.com/Origin.html
It is a great 16 minute video, Showing the start to finish build process. It can be viewed both from the math vortex webpage and the link below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=0NZ6D68sZ-E
Our Faculty Team can also provide consulting on the training, development, and implementation of a guitar building workshop at your location.
Contact Mike Aikens at email@example.com for more information.