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Document Type

Dissertation - Public Access

Degree Name

Ed.D. Doctor of Education

Academic Discipline

Educational Leadership

First Advisor

Carol A. Burg, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Susan Moxley, Ed. D.

Third Advisor

Tamara K. Cornwell, Ed.D.


This evaluation of a secondary level STEM Magnet program that implements Project Based Learning (PBL) analyzes three areas of study, Engineering, Biomedical Science, and Game Design and the relationship to student achievement. The three areas of study provide the platform for a STEM-PBL learning methodology that is geared towards stimulating student academic interest through STEM activities intentionally developed and implemented in a cross-curricular framework that applies multiple content standards to solve real-world community issues. Students have the opportunity to develop the needed 21st century skills of communication, collaboration, critical-thinking and problem solving with the ultimate outcome of generating a viable product. The students within each of the three areas of study participate in specific organizations (CTSO’s) allowing them to apply their learned skills within a local, state, and national competitive arena. Overall, the process of STEM-PBL fosters innovation and allows access to a designed learning method that in turn prepares students with the skills necessary to meet the challenges as future leaders in the STEM industry.

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