Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Guitars -- A national instructor development project

Guitar buildingStem Guitar Workshop MESA, Ariz. – Mesa Community College’s Arizona Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AZAMI) is hosting a Digital Fabrication-STEM Guitar Building Workshop this week. This National Science Foundation (NSF) project trains high school and community college faculty in the development, use and integration of guitar building as an instruction tool.

Participating educators spend an intense week engaged in student-centered learning activities while building a custom electric guitar, relating its design and fabrication to specific science, technology and engineering and math (STEM) topics. The experience is designed to provide educators with knowledge and curriculum to be immediately integrated into their classrooms.

The head of the NSF STEM Guitar project, Thomas Singer, Professor of Mechanical Engineering Technology at Sinclair Community College in Ohio says it’s important to educate teachers using this unique method because, “Students relate to guitars and they see the relevance of their STEM education classes as they get real, hands-on experience in fabrication. The payoff is engaged student learning.”

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Highlighted Photo Opportunity Times:  Tues. March 25 and Wed. March 26: 1:30 – 3 pm

Location: Mesa Community College Downtown Campus, Rm 110, 165 N. Centennial Way, Mesa

On-site Contact: Michael Lesiecki, 602-316-5726, MCCCD Workforce Development

About Mesa Community College
Mesa Community College provides outstanding transfer and career and technical programs, workforce development, and life-long learning opportunities to residents of the East Valley area of Phoenix, Arizona. MCC excels in teaching, learning and empowering its more than 40,000 students who attend annually to succeed in a local and global community.  Mesa Community College is one of ten colleges that comprise the Maricopa County Community College District. For additional information please visit

About Mesa Community College’s AZ-AMI
The Arizona Advanced Manufacturing Institute, a Mesa Community College Center of Excellence, was designed to meet the growing and changing needs of the advanced manufacturing business sector. Input from advisory committees derived from partnerships with local employers provides current and relevant content for AZ-AMI’s classrooms and laboratories. Internships and apprenticeships offer opportunities for students to earn as they learn.

The Maricopa County Community College District is an EEO/AA institution and an
equal opportunity employer of protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

STEM Guitar Building Workshop

STEM Guitar Building Workshop

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Publication Date: 
Tuesday, March 25, 2014