K-12 Engineering Education Programs

Summer time is a great time to find out what engineering programs or curriculum are available. If you want to implement a standards-based engineering academy or program in your school or district and also want something easy, proven and engaging for the teachers and students, this list is for you. However, it’s not all-inclusive. These are just a few of the more popular approaches to implementing engineering at the K-12 level. If you know of more, let us know.

  1. Teaching Engineering Made Easy: A Friendly Introduction to Engineering Activities for Middle School Teachers are activity books and kits for middle school teachers. Topics covered are team building, engineering principles, mechanical, civil, electrical, chemical and biomedical engineering. Projects range from 20 minutes to 1 week design activities.
  2. Engineering the Future (EtF): Science, Technology, and the Design Process is a laboratory course for the first year of high school science, created to help a broad spectrum of students. EtF is a full-year lab course organized around four projects, each of which is divided into several tasks. The entire course can be implemented on a modest budget.
  3. Engineering is Elementary – This project develops curricular materials in engineering and technology education for children in grades K-5. Educator support includes lesson plans, assessment materials, and professional development programs that tie into other major content areas, including science and language arts.
  4. Project Lead the Way (PLTW) – is a non-profit organization that promotes engineering courses for middle (Gateway to Technology) and high school (Pathway to Engineering) students. The program formally partners with school districts, trains the instructors that will be teaching and implementing the curriculum, and acts as a bridge between educational institutions and private businesses. Continue reading

Light a Fire

I had a friend in engineering school that really struggled in her classes. She studied hard and did everything she was supposed to but had trouble taking tests. She didn’t pass a few classes and this delayed her graduation because so many classes were held in sequence and only offered once a year.

Many people would have quit or changed majors. Somewhere deep within her, she knew she could do it and that she wanted to be an engineer. She had a fire inside that refused to be quenched. She knew what an engineer was and decided that nothing would stand in the way of her becoming one.

You can light that fire in 100,000+ students! You can help them connect with their passion and dreams for the future by becoming a partner in the amazing 100,000 Book Give Away Program. Let students know about your program(s), give them the resource they need to make an informed decision, connect with parents, share the information with school counselors and provide this critical community service.

Don’t delay! The deadline for partnering is July 15 and space is limited.

Join the team, it’s a win-win situation.

John Green Award

I’m happy to announce that earlier this year, I was the recipient of the John Green Award from the Tulsa Alliance for Engineering “for thoughtful and diligent work in the cause of advancing the public understanding and appreciation of engineering through her book Is There an Engineer Inside You?

The focus of the Tulsa Alliance for Engineering is to increase the awareness of engineering careers and promote engineering programs, activities, and competitions to students in area middle schools and high schools, and challenge students to be “college ready” upon graduation; to develop a 2+2+2 program which would strengthen the educational alliances between the Tulsa Technology Center and Tulsa area High School Pre-Engineering Programs, Tulsa Community College, and the 4 year Tulsa area Engineering schools – Oklahoma State University, Oral Roberts University, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of  Tulsa; develop partnerships with businesses to secure speakers and engineering mentors, internships, and scholarships; and ultimately to assist new engineers in obtaining employment in Tulsa.  The Tulsa Alliance for Engineering was created in June 2010 and is coordinated through Tulsa Community College.

This alliance in Tulsa is bringing like-minds together to advance engineering education in the state. It’s a rare and wonderful sight to see communities work together in this way.

Thank you Tulsa Alliance for Engineering!