Local veterans celebrated Veterans Day weekend by learning how to build electric guitars from scratch.  During a three-day workshop hosted by the National STEM Guitar Project at Edmonds Community College, 14 veterans built customized electric guitars to help build confidence and a new skill set. The workshop was supported by the Phoenix Patriot Foundation and funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Phoenix Patriot Foundation Operations Manager Tony Villegas said the workshop is a form of therapy for those veterans battling PTSD.  “When they’re working on these, they’re so focused,” he said. “The best compliment we’ve received was ‘I haven’t though of anything else but this for the last three days,’”

The National STEM Guitar Project began as an effort to help high school students learn math and science by applying it to real-world projects. The project has since expanded to working with the Phoenix Patriot Foundation help local wounded veterans.

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SOURCE – Read the full article at:  https://myedmondsnews.com/2018/11/veterans-build-electric-guitars-and-new-skills-in-edmonds-cc-stem-workshop/

See also the Musical Instrument Design & Build Career Lab in STEAMbeyond.  You can access this Career Lab via the STEAMbeyond launch portal on the TRAINING PAGE.

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