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Stoughton Area
Community Foundation

Stoughton, WI 53589
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Stoughton Area School District - FabLab &

320 North Street
Stoughton, WI 53589

Phone: 6088775000
Contact Name: Mike Connor
Organization Profile
Grants Info
STEM Guitar Build 2024 - Summer Enrichment - 2023 Amount Funded: $2,500.00
Our purpose for 2024 is: 1) to expand our capacity to 15 students in 2024 to meet rising demand. We are doing this by training additional instructors this summer (2023) 2) to expose the next generation of students to technical fields in a cool and exciting way. 3) to reach out to the non-traditional STEAM student that might not otherwise be interested in the technologies. 4) to expose our teenage students to STEAM programming and the possibilities of working in technical careers in and around our community. 5) to inspire, engage, and challenge the students to learn skill sets required to complete this exploratory project. 6) to build students confidence by mastering STEAM activities 7) to provide an outlet for fun, creative energy, and excitement.
The STEAM (Science,Technology,Engineering,Art, and Math) Guitar Build 2024 is a direct outgrowth from our successful launch of "Girls Make Electric Guitars", the 2015 inaugural event. The program has become immensely popular and has grown significantly in the last eightn years. What started as an initiative to encourage female participation in STEAM has expanded to include all students. The program emphasizes relevant engineering and 21st century skills of collaboration, problem solving, and communication - all defining elements of social-emotional development and college and career readiness. Students build confidence as they overcome the technical challenges in programming Lasers, 3D printing component parts, running CNC machines, soldering electronic circuits, instrument making and final tuning. The programs playbook includes disciplines of study from Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Both formal and informal learning takes place in a relaxed setting that makes learning fun and inclusive.