Museum of Science's National Center for Technological Literacy and Valley City State University to Partner in National Education Initiative, "Closing the Technology & Engineering Teaching Gap"
BOSTON, MA-VALLEY CITY, ND -- The Museum of Science's National Center for Technological Literacy« (NCTL«) and Valley City State University (VCSU) have completed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) leveraging their strengths to bring quality standards-based engineering and technology education to K-12 schools throughout the United States. The goal is to improve the technological literacy of K-12 teachers and prepare qualified teachers to address the national shortage of technology educators.
Engineering is Elementary: Engineering and Technology Lessons for Children (EiE) capitalizes on youngsters' natural fascination with building, taking things apart, and figuring out how things work. The program integrates engineering content with elementary science concepts. Each unit focuses on a field of engineering-or example, materials engineering, mechanical engineering, and environmental engineering-and includes a child's illustrated storybook, lesson plans, and student materials. The lessons are correlated with technology/engineering curriculum standards.
Building Math: This series involves students in collecting and analyzing their own data in hands-on investigations integrated with engineering design activities. Students develop algebraic thinking skills and solve real problems (such as designing a bridge prototype or building a shelter). On each adventure, they apply math knowledge and concepts to their investigations and use the engineering design process to meet challenges. Recommended for enrichment, or as a replacement unit, each title in the series has an engaging theme: Everest Trek, Stranded!, and Amazon Mission.
Engineering the Future: Science, Technology, and the Design Process´┐Ż (EtF) is a full-year high school course developed by the Museum of Science, Boston. The course is intended to show students how they will influence technological developments as workers, consumers, and citizens-whether or not they pursue technical careers.
The overarching goal of the relationship between NCTL and VCSU is to leverage our respective missions, strengths, and resources to bring quality standards-based education in engineering and technology to K-12 schools throughout the United States more effectively and more quickly than either could do without the other.
The primary opportunity to achieve this goal is by preparing qualified technology teachers through curriculum and dissemination activities. NCTL provides excellent K-12 core curriculum materials and workshop-based training opportunities for in-service teachers. VCSU provides curriculum and training to meet both in-service and pre-service needs. VCSU uses NCTL materials in the context of undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare technology teachers, K-12, in four modes: for initial undergraduate teacher licensure, for academic credentials/degrees to enhance current teachers in technology or other teaching specialties, for initial teacher licensure at the master's level, and for continuing education credit.
NCTL and VCSU thus bring complementary curriculum, dissemination, and resource strengths to the partnership. Building together on those strengths allows us to bring the greatest impact to the widest array of teachers with both immediate and long-term impact on schools.