On September 8, the National Academy of Engineering and the NRC's Center for Education will release a new report, Engineering in K-12 Education: Understanding the Status and Improving the Prospects, at a public symposium in Washington, D.C. Irwin Jacobs, co-founder, current board member and retired CEO & Chairman of Qualcomm, Inc. will deliver the keynote address.
Engineering has been the silent "E" in discussions of the importance of K-12 STEM education in the United States, which have tended to focus on the need to improve teaching and learning in mathematics and science. The report finds that a growing number of K-12 students are experiencing the open-ended, problem-solving process of engineering design. And data suggest these experiences can improve student interest and achievement in science and mathematics, increase awareness of engineering and the work of engineers, boost interest in pursuing engineering as a career, and increase technological literacy. This has implications not only for the future quality of STEM education, but also for the nation’s capacity to grow a workforce that can address the many technological challenges we face.
Please join us on September 8 to learn more about the project and the report’s findings and recommendations. All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the published report, and lunch will be provided. Visit the webpage below for the complete agenda and registration information. Please note that seating is limited and registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
The audio feed for portions of the symposium will be webcast. Information on how to connect to the webcast will be available at www.nationalacademies.org beginning September 7.