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It's About Time for Engineering the Future

January 19, 2013

Now that Key Curriculum Press, the publishing partner for Engineering the Future, is moving to educational technology development, It's About Time, a leading publisher of middle and high school science and mathematics programs, has added Engineering the Future to its frontlist. This high school textbook is a project of the Museum's NCTL.

"We're thrilled Engineering the Future has found a good home," says Karen Coe, Key Curriculum president/CEO. "It's About Time's inquiry-based learning approach aligns directly with the program's objectives."

A full-year course designed to introduce students (in photo) to the world of technology and engineering, Engineering the Future helps high school students answer the question: "Why should I study math, science, and engineering if I'm not planning a technical career?"

The textbook is written from the perspective of practicing engineers. Thirty-two men and women from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds tell what it's like to be an engineer. These first-person stories teach students important concepts that relate to their own design projects. Students learn important skills like making scale drawings and combining components into systems, also discovering concepts to help them succeed in future science courses.

Multiple drafts of the textbook were field-tested with teachers in ten states. Educator resources for Engineering the Future include an online support network for teachers featuring video teacher tips. This network also includes tools for teachers to share instructional suggestions and examples of student work. With support from the Museum, It's About Time is taking the lead on planning the next phase of professional development offerings.

Ted Fiust, a high school instructor from Arlington, Massachusetts, and one of the textbook's original field testers said, "Girls have blossomed in the Engineering the Future course. They are excited about engineering."

Engineering the Future was developed through support from the Small Business Administration, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Renewable Energy Trust, Lockheed Martin, Cisco Systems, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, and the Highland Street Foundation.

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