Engineering in K-12 Education:

Engineering in K-12 Education:

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Engineering education in K-12 classrooms is a small but growing phenomenon that may have implications for engineering and also for the other STEM subjects--science, technology, and mathematics. Specifically, engineering education may improve student learning and achievement in science and mathematics, increase awareness of engineering and the work of engineers, boost youth interest in pursuing engineering as a career, and increase the technological literacy of all students. The teaching of STEM subjects in U.S. schools must be improved in order to retain U.S. competitiveness in the global economy and to develop a workforce with the knowledge and skills to address technical and technological issues. Engineering in K-12 Education reviews the scope and impact of engineering education today and makes several recommendations to address curriculum, policy, and funding issues. The book also analyzes a number of K-12 engineering curricula in depth and discusses what is known from the cognitive sciences about how children learn engineering-related concepts and skills. Engineering in K-12 Education will serve as a reference for science, technology, engineering, and math educators, policy makers, employers, and others concerned about the development of the country's technical workforce. The book will also prove useful to educational researchers, cognitive scientists, advocates for greater public understanding of engineering, and those working to boost technological and scientific literacy.A matrix aligning the unita#39;s objectives with each set of standards is presented in both units of instruction. ... By the end of the 5th grade, students should know that x Changes in speed or direction of motion are caused by forces. ... For example, in the case of the Skimmer Design Challenge, the students do not deliberately alter the speed of the fan to determine the effect that an increase or decrease in forceanbsp;...

Title:Engineering in K-12 Education:
Author:Committee on Understanding and Improving K-12 Engineering Education in the United States, Teacher Advisory Council, Board on Science Education, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, National Research Council
Publisher:National Academies Press - 2009-09-08


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