Document Type

Conference Paper

Publication Date


Publication Title

119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings



Conference Name

119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, San Antonio, Texas


Low enrollment and high attrition rates in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based degree programs have created a workforce problem in industries like shipbuilding and repair which are important for national security. Part of this problem can be attributed to pedagogical issues like lack of engaging hands-on activities utilized for science and math education in middle and high schools. Lack of student interest in technical careers can also be attributed to lack of an integrated approach in teaching math, science and technical education. To engage student's interest in the technical career path, it is important that students establish a link between the theoretical knowledge and its application to solve real life problems early in their learning experience. Project based activities have a proven record as instructional tool. Effectiveness of such activities as a pedagogical tool has been supported by research in the acquisition and retention of knowledge. Marine Career Tech (McTech) project funded by the National Science Foundation has attempted to address the workforce issues for marine industry by developing instructional modules for community college students and organizing Shipbuilding Repair and Maritime Career Day Events (SBRCD) to engage K-12 students in STEM careers. The goal is to increase awareness about shipbuilding and repair careers. Four marine kits and four instructional modules were developed under these two grants to encourage creative thinking and keep students engaged in shipbuilding and repair processes. The teacher training component of these projects has provided training in using and implementing these modules. The paper presents the results from community college faculty workshops and from the survey of SBRCD events.


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Original Publication Citation

Verma, A. K. (2012). Impact of STEM focused project based learning activities on career education for k-12 and community college students. Paper presented at the 119th ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, San Antonio, Texas.