ERIC Number: EJ1054999
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Reference Count: 10
The Middle School Curriculum: Engineering Anyone?
Samuels, Kyle; Seymour, Richard
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v74 n6 p8-12 Mar 2015
Engineering programs have long thrived in U.S. universities. More recently, engineering content has been introduced in America's high schools, yet less so in elementary and middle schools across the nation. To meet the demand for engineers in the U.S., educators must play a more active role in inspiring young students to this career option. Attracting future generations of secondary students to engineering programs will be a challenging venture. To help create the best and the brightest engineers possible, many nations are focusing on K-12 education and taking this younger talent more seriously. The need for engineering classes at the middle school level is apparent. Early exposure to engineering principles has the capability of creating positive influences. Students learn creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking, as well as a possible pathway towards an engineering career choice. In order to be recognized as a major supplier of engineers by the global community, America's engineering educators need to focus on middle school populations and then encourage high school students to consider a career in a dynamic field. While there is still a long way to go before the nationwide inclusion of engineering curriculum in America's middle schools, positive steps are being taken.
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Engineering Education, Career Planning, Creativity, Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, Career Choice, STEM Education, Case Studies
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts