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October 2011

 
 
 
 
NCTL ENEWS
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Dear STEM Supporters,

We commend the National Academies Board on Science Education for including engineering design as a key practice, concept, and discipline in its July report, A Framework for K-12 Science Education. We urge you to embrace this initiative and join us in making K-12 engineering education a reality. The framework is the first step in developing new standards for K-12 science education and revisions to curriculum, instruction, assessment, and professional development for educators.
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Ioannis Miaoulis and the NCTL team
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THE NATION


Raytheon Gift to Create Thousands of Elementary Engineering Teachers Nationwide

Raytheon has committed $1 million to the Museum of Science, Boston to dramatically expand the reach of its successful 20-unit Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) curriculum. The program sponsored by the Waltham, Mass.-based technology company will create 300 professional development providers certified to educate teachers in this National Center for Technological Literacy® curriculum nationwide and three new partner sites in Washington, DC, Phoenix, Ariz., and Huntsville, Ala.
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Eng Call Advocacy for Engineering Education Builds Coast to Coast

Ioannis Miaoulis, Museum of Science president and NCTL founding director, met with Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) (photo on right), successfully seeking his support for the Engineering Education for Innovation Act. Soon afterwards, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) held a Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing in Portland on advancing STEM education. Oregon Museum of Science & Industry president Nancy Stueber testified about the high quality of teacher professional development programs at science museums, urging they be allowed to compete for federal STEM programs.
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Study Reveals Engineering is Elementary Sparks Students Underrepresented in STEM

Almost all the teachers surveyed in a small May 2011 study of Engineering is Elementary's impact on students underrepresented in STEM fields reported that their students learned more and performed better because of this NCTL curriculum. Most of the teachers surveyed indicated that the hands-on activities allowed them to meet the needs of different students.
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Bayer Compendium Highlights NCTL Curricula

Bayer Corporation's Compendium of Best Practice K-12 STEM Education Programs highlights the elementary and middle school curricula of the National Center for Technological Literacy, calling Engineering is Elementary one of 38 K-12 Best Practice Programs and Building Math one of five Promising Programs.
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STATE NEWS


NCTL's Gateway Project Draws 120 Educators in Three States

In July and August, the Museum of Science's National Center for Technological Literacy hosted an unprecedented five Gateway to Technology and Engineering Institutes in Massachusetts, Texas, and Maine. Over 120 educators from 24 school districts worked on strategic plans to implement rigorous and engaging K-12 technology and engineering programs. As of August 31, the Gateway community totaled over 400 educational leaders from 80 districts.
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PARTNER & OTHER NEWS


sm_nctl_eurekaLemelson-MIT and Museum of Science Celebrate Invention at EurekaFest

In June 2011, during the Lemelson-MIT EurekaFest at the Museum of Science, high school students from across the country and -- for the first time -- from China competed to design, build, and test wind-powered devices able to hoist metal trash cans over 30 feet in the air. The winning team (in photo) was Team Fluorescent Green. The competition capped a multi-day celebration that included the Lemelson-MIT Awards honoring established and rising inventors.
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IN THIS ISSUE

THE NATION
- Raytheon Gift Expands EIE
- Engineering Advocacy Builds
- Promising EIE Study
- Bayer Highlights NCTL


STATE NEWS
- Gateway in Three States

PARTNER & OTHER NEWS
- Lemelson-MIT EurekaFest

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