June 24, 2007
June 24, 2007
June 27, 2007
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
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Engineering Our Future New Jersey
Engineering Our Future New Jersey (EOFNJ) is a collaborative effort between Stevens Institute of Technology, the New Jersey Department of Education, the Museum of Science (MoS), Boston’s National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL), and other partners to bring exemplary technology and engineering curricula to mainstream New Jersey K-12 education. The goal of the Engineering Our Future New Jersey initiative is to ensure that all K-12 students in New Jersey experience engineering curricula with a focus on innovation, as a required component of their elementary, middle, and high school education within the next five years. In doing so, we aim to strengthen existing educational policy in New Jersey to articulate engineering competencies both in the language of the standards and the required assessments.
EOFNJ is transitioning from the pilot phase into a state-wide implementation phase. This paper provides an overview of the EOFNJ initiative, describes current activities, offers preliminary evaluation results and describes the exemplary curricula being promoted.
Engineering Our Future New Jersey (EOFNJ) is an initiative of Stevens Institute of Technology’s Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) to promote grade-appropriate engineering and technology education in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout New Jersey. With initial support from the State of New Jersey, CIESE launched an accelerated schedule to complete a pilot/demonstration phase, involving 35 teachers from 32 geographically, academically, and socio-economically diverse schools throughout New Jersey in 2005-06. With additional support from Verizon Communications and the National Science Foundation, CIESE is currently implementing Phase 2, the statewide scale-up phase, in which CIESE and its partners will provide professional development to 2,000 K-12 teachers throughout New Jersey in the next three years.
In collaboration with curriculum partners such as the Museum of Science, Boston’s National Center for Technological Literacy and the Society of Automotive Engineers, Stevens is providing teacher professional development, technical assistance, and in-class support to participating schools. Other partners, including the New Jersey Department of Education, the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association, and other institutions of higher education, are also engaged in this outreach effort.
This paper describes the goals, strategies, and specific activities that the Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) at Stevens, together with partners, have developed and implemented in the context of the EOFNJ effort for elementary, middle, and high school teachers and students, and other educational stakeholders.
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