Introducing Students to EngineeringPosted: April 22, 2011
In our own backyard, no less.
via NSTA WebNews Digest:
When seeking to interest students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Delores Etter believes in a low-key approach. “Trying to talk kids into [it] is never a wise thing to do. They need to decide for themselves.”
To help them decide, Southern Methodist University’s (SMU) Caruth Institute for Engineering Education offers programs that introduce K–12 students to engineering. When Etter became the institute’s director in 2008, she recalls, “I was very interested in how to get more people into science and engineering.” To accomplish that, “you really have to get into the K–12 [grades]” and “reach kids in a variety of ways” because this is “a long-term issue we have to address in a number of different stages,” she contends.