May 16-18, 2017 | Eastern States Exposition | West Springfield, MA

Bright Minds Workshops

These sessions will provide an educational experience to middle school, high school, and college students, educators, administrators, councilors, industry and mentors which will reinforce the value of education in manufacturing careers.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

9:30 – 11:30 am
1:00 – 3:00 pm
Concurrent Workshops

Student Workshop – This session offered in the morning and the afternoon, will deliver to students manufacturing career choices and education options, plus scholarship and internship guidance, and more!

Leadership Workshop – The presentations will build your leadership toolbox with tips, tools and ways to build your leadership skills.

Educator Workshop – Advanced Technology and Additive Manufacturing – sponsored by the Connecticut College of Technology Regional Center for Next Generation Manufacturing– During this workshop, you will learn how to make your own 3D printer!

Educator Workshop – Implementing a Problem Based Learning Curricula in Advanced Manufacturing sponsored by the New England Board of Higher Ed (NEBHE) – This is a workshop for educators with a focus on problem-based learning. Bring your laptop (required).

Implementing a Problem Based Learning Curricula in Advanced Manufacturing
Industry is increasingly looking to high schools, community colleges and four-year universities to graduate problem solvers — individuals who skillfully communicate and apply their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in solving real world problems. Yet traditional instructor-centered pedagogical methods often do not provide the interdisciplinary team-based learning experiences needed to help graduates successfully navigate the complex demands of the 21st century workplace. One method that has been shown to effectively provide students with these skills is problem-based learning (PBL).

To address this need, the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) is hosting a PBL workshop at EASTEC 2015 to introduce high school, two- and four-year college STEM educators to its real world multimedia case studies called “Challenges” developed with advanced manufacturing industry partners for the Advanced Manufacturing Problem Based Learning (AM PBL) project. Since 2006, NEBHE has developed 20 authentic real world PBL Challenges in collaboration with industry partners in the fields of advanced manufacturing, sustainable technologies, and optics and photonics.

In this workshop, participants will learn how to use the AM PBL Challenges to enhance students’ content knowledge, critical thinking skills, and ability to work in teams. Participating educators will also learn how to work with industry partners.

As a result of taking part in this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn how to incorporate PBL in the classroom using NEBHE’s Challenges.
  • Gain access to NEBHE’s PBL Projects and associated instructional materials.
  • Enter a national network of experienced PBL practitioners via NEBHE’s PBL listservs.

NEBHE’s AM PBL project is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (NSF ATE) program (DUE 1204941). For more information, please visit

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