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Science of Music: Students Make Guitars As Part of STEM Program

Boulder City Review

Some high schoolers take classes to learn how to play musical instruments. Others learn how to build them. The Boulder City Review reports on a small group of students at Boulder City High School that “have spent the past semester learning about guitars while making their own as part of a pilot, first-time class that teaches STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — skills.” The program, which is also available in other states, uses an electric guitar to teach math and science, and includes 12 activities all mapped to the Common Core State Standards. As one educator said, the program can also be be adapted for other groups as it encourages conversation and stimulates thinking. “When you make stuff, the conversation is easy. There’s a good exchange and fun energy. That’s exactly what happened at the high school,” said Mike Aikens, who helped develop the program. Just another great example of how high standards are promoting more creativity in the classroom and finding more ways to engage students in their learning!

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