Integrating engineering concepts under current K-12 state and national standards

Mary R. Anderson-Rowland, Dale R. Baker, Patricia M. Secola, Bettie A. Smiley, Donovan L. Evans, James Middleton

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

10 Scopus citations


Interest in engineering by entering college freshmen is near a 30-year low. Young women especially are not attracted to engineering. Engineering is not featured in popular television programs and usually gets overshadowed in news reporting. Students in middle and high school do not hear about engineering in school since middle school and high school teachers are not well informed about engineering and applied mathematics and science. If engineering is to remain a viable and growing profession, especially among women and minorities, teachers need to be educated so they can present engineering material in a way that meets state/national science curriculum standards. Science standards, inherent in aligning curricula to these science standards, and a partial solution to overcoming these obstacles will be discussed in the paper. In particular, the WISE Investments program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, introduces teachers and counselors to engineering and helps the teachers develop modules that can be introduced into present mathematics and science high school classes. Examples of these modules, developed to interest young women in middle school and high school, are given. These enriched modules increase curiosity and bring excitement into the classroom for the teachers and their students.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASEE Annual Conference Proceedings
Number of pages11
StatePublished - 2002
Event2002 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Vive L'ingenieur - Montreal, Que., Canada
Duration: Jun 16 2002Jun 19 2002


Other2002 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: Vive L'ingenieur
CityMontreal, Que.


  • Curriculum
  • Engineering, and State/National Science Standards
  • High School
  • Middle School
  • Professional Development
  • Science education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering


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