Standards for Engineering Education in K-12, new report

September 29, 2010

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics instruction is collectively referred to as "STEM education." While content standards exist for three STEM disciplines -- science, technology, and mathematics -- none exist for engineering. A new report from the National Academy of Engineering looks at the value and feasibility of creating standards for engineering education at the K-12 level. Some evidence suggests that engineering education can stimulate interest and improve learning in mathematics and science and understanding of technology. The report recommends that educators come to a consensus on the core concepts and skills in engineering that are appropriate for K-12 students; develop guidelines for K-12 engineering instructional materials; and examine K-12 engineering education at the state and national level.
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The report, STANDARDS FOR ENGINEERING EDUCATION IN K-12, is available for immediate release. To obtain a copy, contact the Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138, e-mail news@nas.edu, or visit the National Academies Press at http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=12990.

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

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