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Involvement Of Stem Professionals In The Classroom Enhances Effectiveness Of Sae International’s A World In Motion Curriculum

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2008 Annual Conference & Exposition


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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June 22, 2008

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June 22, 2008

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June 25, 2008



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Topics in K-12 Engineering

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K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

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13.814.1 - 13.814.19



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Matthew Miller Society of Automotive Engineers International

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Elizabeth Bachrach Goodman Research Group, Inc.

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Involvement of STEM Professionals in the Classroom Enhances Effectiveness of SAE International’s A World In Motion® Program Introduction

Each year, fewer young people are choosing to direct their curiosity and intelligence toward the study of science, technology, engineering and math— widely regarded as imperative skills in the 21st Century. This is evident given that fewer than one-third of U.S. 4th grade and 8th grade students performed at or above a level called “proficient” in science, and nearly one-fifth of the 4th graders and one-third of the 8th graders lacked the competence to perform basic mathematical computations1.

US 4th Grade Math Achievement (NAEP)

US 4th Grade Science Achievement (NAEP)

US 8th Grade Science Achievement (NAEP) US 8th Grade Math Achievement (NAEP)

The inability to engage students, even those as young as elementary school, in these core subjects has resulted in an emerging crisis for the technical, scientific and engineering disciplines. Not surprisingly, a loss of interest in these important academic subjects leads to a decline in scientific literacy among the general public, slowing our nation's technological and economic advancement.

This loss of interest in math and science leads to a reduction in the number of students pursuing science and engineering degrees at the college level. For example, from 1985 to 2001, the U.S. experienced a decline of over 20% in the number of degrees granted in engineering2. This trend

Miller, M., & Bachrach, E. (2008, June), Involvement Of Stem Professionals In The Classroom Enhances Effectiveness Of Sae International’s A World In Motion Curriculum Paper presented at 2008 Annual Conference & Exposition, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 10.18260/1-2--3414

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