Overall Rating Expired
Overall Score Expired
Liaison Bert Jacobson
Submission Date Feb. 3, 2015
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STARS v2.0

Kankakee Community College
IN-4: Innovation 4

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete Expired Bert Jacobson
Dean, Environmental and Institutional Sustainability
Environmental and Institutional Sustainability
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Title or keywords related to the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
STEM Guitar Course

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:

KCC began a new Special Projects Class entitled STEM Guitar. Professor Tim Wilhelm attended an instructor’s training course funded through a National Science Foundation NSF project; LEAD with GUITARS in STEM - ATE DUE #1304405. This project is designed to help faculty increase their students' interest and engagement in the study of and learning of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) principles, practices, and careers through guitar design and building. The training course provided access to the project’s STEM curriculum, which are aligned to the Common Core and Next Gen Science standards using guitar building concepts. The curriculum materials are self-contained including instructor resources, training videos, online quizzes/assessments and other valuable references.


A brief description of any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation (if not reported above):

This is a hands-on way to practice STEM and Next Gen Science standards while building a functional electric guitar. Because it is innovative, it has attracted increased enrollment in the electrical technology program.


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Which of the following STARS subcategories does the innovation most closely relate to? (Select all that apply up to a maximum of five):
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Curriculum Yes
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