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January 2011

 
 
 
 
NCTL ENEWS
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Dear STEM Supporter-


We commend the National Science Teachers Association for stating that citizens should be scientifically and technologically literate.  We've advocated including science and technology in the National Science Education Standards since 2004. The NSTA's position reflects a trend to include engineering standards and assessments in national and state K-12 initiatives.

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Bravo!
Ioannis Miaoulis and the NCTL team
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THE NATION


Learn MoreNCTL Curriculum Chosen for Obama's "Educate to Innovate" Campaign


The Engineering is Elementary curriculum, created by the National Center of Technological Literacy®, was chosen recently by the Change the Equation organization as part of President Obama's "Educate to Innovate" campaign to improve STEM education.

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First Engineering Education Research Summit


At a summit hosted by Purdue University, Oregon Congressman David Wu announced his co-sponsorship of the Engineering Education for Innovation Act. The NCTL presented promising Engineering is Elementary curriculum studies, and summit organizers discussed building an engineering education and research community.
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NASA and NGA Center Turn to NCTL Staff


NCTL vice president Yvonne Spicer serves as an advisor on a new NGA Center committee helping governors build STEM agendas, and Museum of Science president and director Ioannis Miaoulis receives the NASA Exceptional Public Service Medal "for exemplary leadership, dedication, and commitment to NASA."

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Standards for K-12 Engineering Education?


A National Academy of Engineering report concluded it would be difficult to ensure the effective implementation of K-12 engineering standards. Ioannis Miaoulis, president and director of the Museum of Science, Boston and NCTL founding director, believes engineering education standards are warranted now.

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MASSACHUSETTS


Massachusetts Announces First STEM Education Plan and Funding

In September 2010, Mass. Lt. Governor Timothy Murray outlined the state's first STEM plan, recommending strategies to increase student interest, teacher training, and learning opportunities. The NCTL's Ioannis Miaoulis and Yvonne Spicer played a role.

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PARTNER & OTHER NEWS


Gateway Educator Wins Awards, Project Reaches Thousands

Dave Jurewicz won the Mass. Technology Education/Engineering Collaborative's 2010 Teacher of the Year Award. He worked with Sudbury, Mass., teachers as part of the Museum of Science's Gateway Project. It has reached 379,900 students.

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