The 2018 STEM CNC Guitar Summer Institute is funded through a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education project (NSF ATE #1700531 The STEM Guitar Project); and previous projects, LEAD with GUITARS in STEM (NSF ATE #1304405, & #0903336). This project is designed to help faculty increase their students' interest and engagement in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) principles, practices, and careers through guitar design (CAD) and manufacturing (CNC). The focus of the STEM CNC Institute is not on the building of a guitar, but rather the automated manufacturing of guitar components such as bodies and necks. Ideally, a participant in this institute has already attended a STEM Guitar Building Institute and/or has experience building solid body electric guitars with their students using a kit. You will leave this institute with a guitar body that you design using CAD (Autodesk Fusion 360) and cut on a CNC plus receive all the remaining components necessary to assemble a finished electric guitar. Other CNC-made parts and processes will be included as time permits.

The 2018 CNC Summer Institute is open to all STEM subject area educators, primarily focused in the 9-12 High school grade levels, community college levels and freshman/sophomore university instruction. Priority will be given to those applicants who have completed a STEM Guitar Building Institute and have the capacity to implement CNC Guitar curriculum at their school.

The Institute Fellows are made up of educators from around the country who are teaching their STEM / CNC content using the guitar as a focus. The Fellows contribute to the project’s curriculum and assessment and help each other with project implementation through our learning community.

If you are interested in participating in one of this summer’s institutes and becoming a CNC STEM Guitar Institute Fellow, there are several steps to make a successful application:

1. Complete the application. This application can be saved. Please bookmark the page to insure you can return to finish the application and upload the participation agreement. Unless the bookmarked page is removed, only one participant application can be submitted per computer / device.

2. Download and complete the  2018 CNC STEM Guitar Participation Agreement ( The agreement requires an administrator's signature to be complete. Any image file or scan that clearly shows the document is acceptable. IMPORTANT: You need to upload your 2018 CNC STEM Guitar Participation Agreement at the end of this survey for your application to be considered complete.

Applications have to be submitted no later than April 20, 2018. Award letters for ALL SUMMER Institute Fellows will be sent starting April 27, 2018, or until the institute fellowship slots are filled.

All Institute Fellows will receive resource materials and financial incentives. Fellows will have access to the project’s STEM CNC curriculum, which are aligned to the Common Core and Next Gen Science Standards using guitar manufacturing concepts, as well as the custom guitar body and parts built during the five-day institute. The Institute fellows will be asked to develop a Modular Learning Activity (MLA), and complete other post-Institute follow-up activities. A required-attendance, kickoff webinar, will be held on May 11, 2018. All links to the online surveys will be provided. Fellows will facilitate distribution and collection of student consent, assent, (and/or waivers), as well as parent consent forms.

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