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Engineering in K–12 Education: Understanding the Status and Improving the Prospects
DTEACh (Design Technology and Engineering for America’s Children) is a product of the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. It began in 1992 as a grassroots science, technology, engineering, and mathematics teacher education project for elementary school teachers. In 2000, DTEACh began partnering with National Instruments to offer robotics and automation workshops using LEGO MINDSTORMS. Over the past eight years, the program has helped hundreds of Central Texas educators integrate cutting-edge technology into the classroom through the DTEACh Robotics and Automation Summer Institutes. Participants learn to use the engineering design process to more effectively teach state-mandated science and math standards. Mentors from the engineering community held these teachers use LEGO MINDSTORMS to engage their students in learning that integrates core STEM subjects while incorporating 21st century skills. DTeach has one published curriculum, for grades 3–4, on automation and control.
Developer: Cockrell School of Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin