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1 K-12 Engineering Subcommittee May 12, 2005 Update

2 Subcommittee Members Janie Fouke – Michigan State University Pat Galloway – Nielsen-Wurster Grp/ASCE Gary May – GA Inst. of Technology Susan Metz – Stevens Inst. Technology Rick Miller – Olin College of Engineering Jackie Sullivan – Univ. Colorado Boulder Assisted by NSF Staff: –Sue Kemnitzer –Mary Poats

3 Science and math performance of our nation’s youth Flat — and declining — engineering enrollments Women & minority students conspicuously under-represented Public perception of engineers / engineering/ technology sad Preparing youth for change in a complex world The Motivation…

4 Science & Engineering Degrees Asia = China, India, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. Natural science = math, physics, chemistry, astronomy, biological, and earth, atmospheric, ocean, agricultural sciences and computer sciences. Source: Science & Engineering Indicators, 2002 U.S. Asia

5 BS Engineering Degrees Degrees by Ethnicity & Gender Women 20.4% African American 5.1% Hispanic 5.4% Source: ASEE PRISM, September 2004 All lower than 1999! African Americans, Latinos and Native Americans comprise 30% of college-age people, and 25% of the U.S. workforce

6 K-12 Subcommittee Charge Summarize ENG ’00-’05 investment in K- 12 engineering Evaluate effectiveness of various NSF or ENG K-12 engineering program features Decipher which elements show promise and may merit further investment Ascertain initiatives that “harvest” ENG K-12 investments and truly disseminate results

7 K-12 Subcommittee Charge Evaluate if NSF-funded K-12 engineering initiatives support the reality of the standards-based K-12 world Recognizing the K-Grey continuum, recommend if programs should be better linked to encourage student participation

8 K-12 Subcommittee Charge Evaluate if smaller ERC-like programs should be developed to bridge between programs at an institution Determine if ENG has a K-12 investment plan If so, evaluate and react to it Make recommendations to ENG re: K-12 investment

9 Key K-12 Questions Considering the challenge with engineering enrollments, should ENG respond (and not rely on EHR or Dept of Ed)? Should ENG invest in K-12 initiatives? If yes, designed to achieve what goals? What can be gained by K-12 engineering initiatives when the public message about engineering is not inviting to youth?

10 Key K-12 Questions If ENG should invest in K-12, what % of the budget should be allocated to this priority? Should AP engineering courses be created that focus on working together to create things for the benefit of society? (pedagogy is key) Should initiatives be funded to disseminate what’s already been created?

11 K-12 Subcommittee Plan Synthesize recommendations in these reports as they relate to K-12 engineering: Engineer 2020 (NAE) Assessing the Capacity of the U.S. Engineering Research Enterprise (NAE) Innovate America: National Innovation Initiative Strategic Directions for Engineering Research, Innovation & Education (NSF) Extraordinary Women Engineers (ASCE) Building Engineering and Science Talent in K-12 (BEST)

12 K-12 Subcommittee Plan Evaluate ENG initiatives that invest in K-12 Effective? Why or why not? Worth expanding? Changing? Focus on dissemination of what’s already been created Be driven by realities of standards-based K-12 world Preliminary recommendations Nov ’05; final report January 2006

13 Summarize ENG K-12 Investment ENG Directorate ($39M and counting): –GK-12 $11.3M (’00-’05) –RET $13.7M (incl. $2.5 M supplements; ’01-’05) –Bridges for Engineering Education $9M (’02-’04) –Nanotech Cntr for Learning & Teaching (NCLT) $5M (’04-’08) NSDL: 8 engineering-related projects (no ENG $$ contribution to date)

14 The challenge is great… …so are the opportunities! Creating Tomorrow’s Engineers…

15 Last Thought… “It is our choices, Harry Potter, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” --- Professor Dumbledore, Headmaster Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry

16 Feedback? Suggestions?

17 Title

18 What Do Engineers Do? Build/construct/make things38%26% Design/draw/plan19%27% Mechanic/mechanical work9%2% Train operator7%5% Create/are creative3% Mathematics/physics3%2% Develop new technologies3%- Application of technology2%- Work with computers2%- Source: Harris Poll, December 2003

19 TeachEngineering Digital Library Hands-on engineering curricula for grades 3-12 Web-enabled Standards-based Searchable Dynamic Consistent look and feel See teachengineering.com Engineering as a vehicle to integrate math and science through inquiry-based K-12 curricula and hands-on activities relevant to the lives of youth Search example: Find engineering lessons about the laws of motion that address national science standard 2 for 5 th grade…


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