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Planting the Seeds of Change: K-12 Engineering Education Dr. Yvonne M. Spicer, Vice President Advocacy and Educational Partnerships National Center for Technological Literacy® Museum of Science, Boston, MA (USA)
The Museum of Science soaring to new heights!!
National Center for Technological Literacy® Mission of the Museum of Science, Boston: Leverage the Museums unique position as a science and technology center, its expertise in working with students, educators and the public, and its spirit of fun education to promote technological literacy globally among people of all ages. 1.Create Educational Products 2.Conduct Research 3.Assist Others through Advocacy and Outreach
Vision for the NCTL Our goal is to foster appreciation and understanding of the human-made world by infusing technology and engineering into K-12 schools and museums nationwide. By applying science and mathematics as well as engineering processes, children and adults will solve real world problems and learn about the creation and implications of technologies. We aim to inspire our nations next generation of innovators, inventors, and engineers.
Is There A Crisis in the U.S. and Around the Globe?
A National Governors Agenda Call to Action for STEM educationan imperative Governors making a commitment to improving the quality of STEM education nationwide Competitive grant funding for states to implement innovative STEM programs
Countries with Modern K-12 Engineering Education Programs United Kingdom Israel New Zealand South Africa Botswana Australia Russia Singapore Chile Spain Finland ScotlandIreland China
2003: U.S. Ranked 24 th out of 29 OECD Countries in Mathematics Source: Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), PISA 2003 Results, data available at
NCTLs Formal Education Initiatives
Technology and Engineering Curriculum (TEC) Review Collected over 450 curricular resources from around the world Created and applied an assessment methodology for K-12 peer review Progress: Updated with 150 curricula reviewed including 20 new items this year.
Curriculum & Professional Development
The NCTL Approach Standards Assessment Instruction Curriculum Research
Elementary School Curriculum Planting the Seed Early Engineering is Elementary curricular program –Integrates engineering into science, mathematics, and other subjects –Series of childrens illustrated storybooks Each story features a child in a different country Solves a practical problem using engineering Has an adult mentor providing support 14 books have been completed, with 20 planned On line resources at:
Middle School Nurturing the Seeds Building Math The goals of the middle school project are for all students to: –enhance algebraic reasoning and learn how technologies are developed and the impact that technology has on their lives; and –improve their abilities to use the engineering design process –Available at Walch Publishing: Photo courtesy of Andrew Brilliant
High School Curriculum Sowing the Seeds NCTL created a full-year course: Engineering the Future: Science, Technology and the Design Process Introductory course designed for first year high school students Standards based, teacher tested curriculum On-line Professional Development and direct workshop s Available at:
Professional Development The NCTL approach is to train the trainer model Currently we are working with teacher educators at: –Universities, collaboratives and teacher preparation programs –Museums and Science Centers –State science/technology education networks We are developing support documents including professional development handbooks and other resources
Opening the Gateway Engaging the Entire Village Three-year grant funded project that from IMLS supports work of leadership teams from 53 school districts in Massachusetts Three-year grant funded project that from IMLS supports work of leadership teams from 53 school districts in Massachusetts Purpose is to share ideas for how to implement the Technology/Engineering standards in Massachusetts for ALL STUDENTS Purpose is to share ideas for how to implement the Technology/Engineering standards in Massachusetts for ALL STUDENTS Model for other states to implement Model for other states to implement
Caring for All the Seeds: Diversity in K-12 Engineering Education Bridging the Gap
Defining Diversity Females and underrepresented groups Children of color represent 39 percent of all public school students in the U.S. in K-12 ;44 percent were Hispanic which is 17 percent of total enrollment in 2000 ( National Center for Educational Statistics, 2003). Additionally, between 1972 and 2000, the percentage of Hispanic students in public schools increased 11 percentage points and the overall percentage of minority students increased 17 percentage points. Socioeconomic Status On the 2005 NAEP assessments of student achievement based on U.S. school curricula in mathematics and science, achievement gaps between groups of students based on race/ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status continued in both subjects and at most grade levels. Black and Hispanic students were significantly more likely than white students to score below basic on math and science at all levels.
Source: Congressional Research Service ˜ The Library of Congress, June 2006 STEM Degrees Awarded,
Our National Impact
But we are moving across the globe… United Kingdom Thailand Singapore Greece