President Obama's Call for Engineers Makes Engineering Education Act More Relevant
July 11, 2011
On June 13, 2011, President Obama announced an "all-hands-on-deck strategy to train 10,000 new American engineers every year."
The U.S. Congress needs to hear from you! In May 2011 Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) (pictured) and Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) introduced the Engineering Education (E2) for Innovation Act as S.969 in the Senate and H.R.1951 in the House, respectively. But they need help from their colleagues to enact this proposed legislation that will help integrate engineering education into K-12 curricula and instruction.
You can contact your federal legislators to ask them to cosponsor the House and Senate bills. A brief phone call or email to their education staff is great way to bring their attention to the bills and ask for cosponsorship. You can find contact information about your members of Congress by entering your zip code at www.house.gov and naming your state at www.senate.gov.
A sample message might say:
"As a supporter of K-12 engineering education (state your location and your work), I urge you to take a look at the Engineering Education for Innovation Act (H.R.1951 or S.969, depending on the chamber you are contacting) and to ask your boss to consider cosponsoring the bill. The grants made under this bill will help schools integrate engineering education into K-12 curricula and instruction. Our country's innovation economy depends on a technologically literate workforce. If we want to expand and diversify this workforce, we must introduce all students to the problem-solving skills used by engineers and technical workers.
"This bill, crafted in response to the National Academy of Engineering report, Engineering in K-12 Education, is endorsed by over 100 organizations including Intel, Lockheed Martin, and Oracle. This bill must be incorporated into the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). I appreciate your consideration and look forward to learning of your boss's decision."
The bill's House and Senate fact sheets and the original sponsors' Dear Colleague letters are available below. Please contact Patti Curtis with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.