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National Engineers Week Launches New Program For 2006

National Engineers Week 2006 will launch an extensive outreach to middle school teachers this year, entitled “Connecting Educators to Engineering.” The new program will target up to 10,000 middle school teachers with a coordinated push to train engineers to directly interact with educators, provide needed learning materials, and create an online forum for educator and engineer interaction. The programís agenda includes training sessions for engineers and engineering students on how best to work with teachers and others in middle school environments. The middle school years are a particularly prime time to reach students with math and science education so they are prepared for the high school courses necessary to pursue engineering in college.

Engineers Week, a consortium of more than 100 professional and technical societies and major U.S. corporations, is slated for February 19-25, 2006.† The program aims to ensure a diverse and well-educated future engineering workforce by increasing understanding of and interest in engineering and technology careers among young students and by promoting pre-college literacy in math and science.† For more information on National Engineers Week 2006, visit www.eweek.org.

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