STEM Workshop to Offer Guitar Design and Manufacturing to Improve Applied Classroom Instruction

For Immediate Release: 
July 9, 2015
Mission Viejo, CA – A week-long workshop planned at Saddleback College July 13th-17th will train science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) instructors to build guitars by hand, enabling them to incorporate the manufacturing applications they learn into the classroom. 
The STEM Guitar Workshop, funded by the National Science Foundation, will provide participants the opportunity to design, build, and analyze solid body electric guitars while learning applied concepts in product lifestyle management.  The workshop sessions include STEM learning activities in science, technology, engineering, math, computer-aided drafting, computer numerical control, rapid prototyping, and reverse engineering. Practical application labs will show participants how to design-build a custom electric solid body guitar that they can bring to their classrooms for enhanced manufacturing learning.
Participants include 10 instructors from Saddleback College, two instructors from private K-12 schools, and an instructor each from Dana Hills High School, Tustin High School, and North Orange County Regional Occupational Program (ROP).
This workshop, which will be held in Village 33 1-2 at Saddleback College, is sponsored by the South Orange County Community College District/Saddleback College – State of California Enhancement Funds, and OC Pathway grants in Support of Regional Collaboration of Integrated Education.