"Do Engineers Drive Trains or Make iPods? Partnering to Promote Engineering in K-12"The U.S. Council on Jobs and Competitiveness has called for an additional 10,000 engineers a year and has recognized that the U.S. shortage of engineers is hindering our global competitiveness and threatening our ability to create and keep high-tech jobs. The School of Engineering Education at Purdue and our P-12 engineering education research institute were created to find answers to these issues.The number of students choosing engineering as a career path has consisently slipped in the last decades. To complicate concerns, recent data reveal waning student interest in engineering and general STEM as early as second and third grades. our research shows that the earlier the bettre in introducing engineering concepts into the P-6 classrooms and out-of-school programs. Focusing on the key age and grade levels for improving national STEM education is showing interesting, encouraging results.The Next Generation Science Standards provide a structure at the national level for students to develop sound understanding of engineering practices such as design, optimization and balancing trade-offs. While the emphasis is on teaching science through engineering design, there are new opportunities for understanding what engineers do and new opportunities for students to make informed decisions to potentially pursue engineering carers. This talk will pressent research on engineering education at the K-12 level and provide our vision of a successful engineering classroom and leave the audience with tools and strategies to proomote engineering at K-12 schools or in their interactions with children outside of school.
Associate Professor, Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning, (INSPIRE), School of Engineering Education
Assistant Professor, Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning (INSPIRE), School of Engineering Education
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Computer History Museum1401 North Shoreline BlvdMountain View, California 94043USA650-810-1010
Purdue University Strategic Events
Registration will be located just outside the doors to the Grand Hall, which is on the second floor of the Computer History Museum. The hosted reception begins at 6:30 p.m. and is immediately followed by the symposium.
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