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Academy: Too Soon for K-12 Engineering Standards

NAS, NAE SignA National Academy of Engineering report says it’s not time to introduce a new set of K-12 engineering education standards. Given the importance of national technological development, however, engineering learning should be incorporated into existing subjects.

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K-12 Educators Enlisted for ‘Grand Challenges’

The National Academy of Engineering has launched its Grand Challenges K-12 Partners Program, where colleges of engineering across the U.S. can join a regional partners program. The colleges would provide primary and secondary schools with engineering materials and curricula appropriate for various grade levels, offer professional training to teachers, and host regional STEM conferences.

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Website: NAE’s Gallery of Female Engineers

FileAs part of the website Engineer Girl, sponsored by the NAE (National Academy of Engineeering), the Gallery of Female Engineers allows students to learn about the lives and work of these young professionals, including their passions and hobbies, reasoning for choosing their career, challenges, inspirations, and typical work day.

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Competition: Student Contributions to NAE Challenges

The National Academy of Engineering is soliciting nominations of students who have made a contribution to one of the 14 NAE Grand Challenge problem areas: Sustainability, Health, Vulnerability, Joy of Living. The winning stories will be featured at a summit on April 21, 2010 at Wellesley College, bringing together educators, students and leaders from business and government to explore new ways to educate the next generation of Grand Challenge leaders and to celebrate the efforts of young people working to solve grand challenge problems. Deadline for nomination: March 1, 2010. For students age 13 and up.

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Website: Engineering Grand Challenges

The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) Website identifies 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering in the 21st Century, meant to serve as a call to action and focal point for opportunities and challenges affecting our quality of life. Students and teachers can log onto the Grand Challenges Website to learn more about each challenge, and watch the informative videos.

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