BOX 3-1

Statements from Selected K–12 Engineering Education Programs

The “Engineering by Design”™ Program is a model used by schools developing themes in the STEM and IT Clusters that are seeking to increase all students’ achievement in technology, science, mathematics, and English through authentic learning.


“The Infinity Project” is helping close the gap between the number of engineering graduates we currently produce in the United States and the large need for high-quality engineering graduates in the near future. For our next generation of college graduates to be competitive in the global world of technology, we need to take steps now to encourage more young students to pursue engineering.

Southern Methodist University

The “Engineering is Elementary” project aims to foster engineering and technological literacy among children.

Boston Museum of Science

  • interest in pursuing engineering as a career; and

  • increased technological literacy.

Although only a small percentage of students has had an opportunity to study engineering in elementary and secondary schools in the United States, a number of curricula for teaching engineering have been developed—many of which are described in Chapter 4. Curriculum developers, cognitive scientists, and others have studied the effects of these curricula and other K–12 engineering initiatives on student learning, interests, and attitudes. Based on their research, it is possible to assess the evidence for these benefits.

The remainder of this chapter provides the highlights and key findings of a commissioned review of the relevant research literature, which includes articles published in peer-reviewed journals, conference papers, program

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