Engineering is a small but growing part of K–12 education. Curricula that use the principles and practices of engineering are providing opportunities for elementary, middle, and high school students to design solutions to problems of immediate practical and societal importance. Professional development programs are showing teachers how to use engineering to engage students, to improve their learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and to spark their interest in engineering careers. However, many of the policies and practices that shape K–12 engineering education have not been fully or, in some cases, even marginally informed by the knowledge of teacher leaders.
To address the lack of teacher leadership in engineering education policymaking and how it might be mitigated as engineering education becomes more widespread in K–12 education in the United States, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine held a convocation on September 30–October 1, 2016. Participants explored how strategic connections both within and outside classrooms and schools might catalyze new avenues of teacher preparation and professional development, integrated curriculum development, and more comprehensive assessment of knowledge, skills, and attitudes about engineering in the K–12 curriculum. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the event.
Sponsors: 100Kin10, Samueli Foundation, and with in-kind support from the Teaching Channel Resources from the Convocation
Norman L. Fortenberry; (Cochair), American Society for Engineering Education, DC Donna Migdol (Cochair), Oceanside School District, NY Linda M. Abriola (NAE), Tufts University, MA Robert B. Friend, Boeing Phantom Works, CA Janice Koch, Hofstra University (Emerita), NY K. Renee Pullen, Caddo Parish Public Schools, LA Michael Town, Tesla STEM High School, Redmond, WA Bruce Wellman, Olathe High School, KS
Jay Labov, Senior Advisor for Education and Communication, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Greg Pearson, Scholar, National Academy of Engineeing Maribeth Keitz, Web Manager, National Academy of Engineering Matthew Lammers, Program Coordinator, Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education