Registration open: STEM Community-Based Learning workshop

Workshop: Connecting Community-Based Learning and STEM Courses Through Design and Project-Based Learning

Date: Tuesday, March 28

Time: 10 a.m to 1 p.m. (lunch will be provided)

Location: Charles Commons private dining room

Presenter: Dr. William Oakes, director of the EPICS Program and a professor and founding faculty member of the School of Engineering Education at Purdue University

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This workshop will explore ways to integrate Community-Based Learning into STEM and other fields using successful examples as a framework and active discussions with participants to explore issues and constraints within their own classrooms. The workshop will actively engage participants in developing plans and ideas for their own students and local community.

Community Based Learning offers many benefits for students and faculty including enhanced learning within the core academic content area, opportunities to develop the broader professional skills needed in today's global economy and deeper learning about ourselves and the communities we live in. Data suggests that making connections between science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and human and environmental needs within our communities can increase interest in the STEM topics and careers, especially with populations traditionally underrepresented in our fields. Community Based Learning has been widely adopted in higher education but less so in the STEM disciplines.

Questions: Gia Grier McGinnis, associate director, JHU Center for Social Concern,