Meaningful improvements in the learning and teaching of engineering—and movement toward integrated STEM education—will not come easily or quickly. Progress will be measured in decades, rather than months or years. The necessary changes will only happen with a sustained commitment of financial resources, the support of policy makers and other leaders, and the efforts of many individuals in and outside K–12 schools. Despite these challenges, the committee is hopeful, the potential for enriching and improving K–12 STEM education is real, and engineering education can be the catalyst.
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