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Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Workshop on Standards for K–12 Engineering Education." National Research Council. 2010. Standards for K-12 Engineering Education?. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12990.
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Appendix C
Workshop on Standards for K–12 Engineering Education

July 8–9, 2009


National Academy of Engineering

Keck Center of the National Academies

500 5th St., NW

Washington, D.C.


Day 1: July 8

8:30 a.m.

Welcome, Goals for the Day, and Introductions

Bob White, Carnegie Mellon University (emeritus) and Chair

Committee on K–12 Engineering Standards

Setting the Context

8:45 a.m.

The Status of K–12 Engineering Education in the United States: Upcoming Report from the National Academies

Greg Pearson, Study Director

NAE/NRC Committee on K–12 Engineering Education

9:00 a.m.

Opportunities and Barriers to Developing Standards for K–12 Engineering

Rodger Bybee, Bybee Consulting

9:30 a.m.

Discussion

Committee and Guests

10:00 a.m.

Break

Need, Effectiveness, and Unintended Consequences

10:15 a.m.

An Industry View on Standards for K–12 Engineering

Ray Morrison, Lockheed Martin (ret.) and Ray Haynes, Northrop Grumman, ASEE Corporate Member Council

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Workshop on Standards for K–12 Engineering Education." National Research Council. 2010. Standards for K-12 Engineering Education?. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12990.
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Impact of Standards: Reflections on a Paper by Harris and Goertz

Committee Panel: Jim Spohrer, IBM Almaden Research Center; Mario Godoy-Gonzalez, Royal High School, Royal, Washington; and Elizabeth Stage, Lawrence Hall of Science

 

The Unintended Consequences of Standards

*Deborah Meier, NYU

11:15 a.m.

Moderated Discussion: Are Standards for K–12 Engineering a Good Idea, Are They Feasible?

Committee, Presenters, and Guests

Moderator: TBD

12:00 p.m.

Lunch

 

Luncheon Speaker: Steve Robinson, Special Advisor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education, “K–12 STEM Education and Standards: A View from the New Administration”

Engineering in Existing K–12 Standards

1:00 p.m.

Engineering Concepts and Skills in State K–12 Curriculum Frameworks

 

The Case of Massachusetts

Jake Foster, Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

 

The Case of New Jersey

Beth McGrath, Stevens Institute of Technology

 

The Case of Minnesota

*Clark Erickson, Minnesota Department of Education (ret.)

2:00 p.m.

Engineering-Related Concepts and Skills in National K–12Standards

Documents for Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education

Cary Sneider, Boston Museum of Science (ret.) and Linda Rosen (Committee Member), Education and Management Innovations

2:30 p.m.

Q&A with Committee

*

Participating by telephone.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Workshop on Standards for K–12 Engineering Education." National Research Council. 2010. Standards for K-12 Engineering Education?. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12990.
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3:00 p.m.

Break

Other Perspectives

3:15 p.m.

Comments from Engineering and Business

 

  • American Society for Engineering Education

  • Division on K–12 & Pre-College Engineering: Elizabeth Parry, North Carolina State University College of Engineering

  • Engineering Deans Council: Nicholas Altiero, Tulane University

  • Business Higher Education Forum: Chris Roe

  • Business Roundtable: Susan Traiman

4:00 p.m.

Q&A with Committee

4:30 p.m.

Comments from Educators

 

Moderated panel:

 

  • Steve Wagner, engineering teacher, Highland Springs High School, Virginia

  • Robert Willis, biology teacher, Ballou High School, Washington, D.C.

  • Dayo Akinsheye, principal, Marie H. Reed Community Learning Center, Washington, D.C.

  • Gladys Whitehead, director of curriculum and instruction, Prince Georges County Public Schools, Maryland

5:30 p.m.

Adjourn

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Workshop on Standards for K–12 Engineering Education." National Research Council. 2010. Standards for K-12 Engineering Education?. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12990.
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Workshop on Standards for K–12 Engineering Education

July 8–9, 2009

National Academy of Engineering

Keck Center of the National Academies

Washington, D.C.


Day 2: July 9

8:30 a.m.

Welcome and Plans for the Day

Bob White, Carnegie Mellon University (emeritus) and Committee Chair

Content for K–12 Engineering Standards

8:45 a.m.

Identification of Core Engineering Knowledge at the High School Level: Report of a Study

Rod Custer, Jenny Daugherty, and Joe Meyer, Illinois State University (National Center for Engineering and Technology Education)

 

Engineering and the ITEA Standards for Technological Literacy: History and Status

Kendall Starkweather, International Technology Education Association

9:45 a.m.

Q&A with Committee

10:15 a.m.

Break

“Standards 2.0”: New Models for the New Century

10:30 a.m.

Alternatives to Traditional Content Standards: Discussion of Framing Paper by Committee Member Jim Rutherford

Summary of Paper: Christine Cunningham, Committee

 

Discussants:

Jan Morrison, TIES

Torrence Robinson, Texas Instruments

Gerhard Salinger, NSF

Senta Raizen (invited), WestEd

11:15 a.m.

Committee Discussion

11:30 a.m.

Fewer Concepts, Greater Depth

 

  • NCTM “Focal Points” Project, Jim Rubillo, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Workshop on Standards for K–12 Engineering Education." National Research Council. 2010. Standards for K-12 Engineering Education?. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12990.
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  • NSTA “Science Anchors” Project, Francis Eberle, National Science Teachers Association

12:15 p.m.

Q&A with Committee

12:30 p.m.

Lunch

1:15 p.m.

Focus on College and Workplace Readiness

 

  • American Diploma Project, Jean Slattery, Achieve, Inc.

  • **Partnership for 21st Century Skills, Valerie Greenhill, e-Luminate Group

  • Career Clusters, Kim Green, National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium

2:15 p.m.

Creating Consistency and Rigor

 

  • Council of Chief State School Officers—National Governors Association

Common Standards Initiative, Scott Montgomery, CCSSO

2:45 p.m.

Q&A with Committee

3:00 p.m.

Break

3:15 p.m.

Stakeholder Comment Session

 

[NOTE: A variety of organizations will be invited to provide brief (5 minutes) comments for the committee’s consideration. Those who cannot attend the workshop in person may submit written comments via e-mail. Questions that might guide this input are attached as an annex to this agenda.]

4:00 p.m.

Final Thoughts and Next Steps

Bob White and Committee

4:15 p.m.

Adjourn

**

Participating by videoconference.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Workshop on Standards for K–12 Engineering Education." National Research Council. 2010. Standards for K-12 Engineering Education?. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12990.
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ANNEX

Questions to Guide Input for “Stakeholder Comment Session,” July 9

  1. To the extent that you are aware of such efforts, in general, do you think teaching engineering in K–12 schools is a good idea or not, and why?

  2. Many areas of education (e.g., mathematics, science, history, geography) have developed content standards that suggest what K–12 students should know and be able to do at different points in their school careers. No such standards exist for engineering.

    1. Would such standards for engineering be a good idea or not, and why?

    2. What alternatives to traditional standards might help bring consistency and coherence to K–12 engineering education?

  1. What other advice or comments, if any, do you have for the committee?

Suggested Citation:"Appendix C: Workshop on Standards for K–12 Engineering Education." National Research Council. 2010. Standards for K-12 Engineering Education?. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/12990.
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The goal of this study was to assess the value and feasibility of developing and implementing content standards for engineering education at the K-12 level. Content standards have been developed for three disciplines in STEM education--science, technology, and mathematic--but not for engineering. To date, a small but growing number of K-12 students are being exposed to engineering-related materials, and limited but intriguing evidence suggests that engineering education can stimulate interest and improve learning in mathematics and science as well as improve understanding of engineering and technology. Given this background, a reasonable question is whether standards would improve the quality and increase the amount of teaching and learning of engineering in K-12 education.

The book concludes that, although it is theoretically possible to develop standards for K-12 engineering education, it would be extremely difficult to ensure their usefulness and effective implementation. This conclusion is supported by the following findings: (1) there is relatively limited experience with K-12 engineering education in U.S. elementary and secondary schools, (2) there is not at present a critical mass of teachers qualified to deliver engineering instruction, (3) evidence regarding the impact of standards-based educational reforms on student learning in other subjects, such as mathematics and science, is inconclusive, and (4) there are significant barriers to introducing stand-alone standards for an entirely new content area in a curriculum already burdened with learning goals in more established domains of study.

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