Studying Engineering before they can spell it

June 15, 2010 at 8:27 pm Leave a comment

I noticed that this article starts one paragraph with the phrase “Supporters say that engineering reinforces math and science skills,” but offers no phrase starting with “critics say.”  Still, I like the idea of starting kids out early in building and designing things, and reflecting on how they do it.  I do agree with Janine Remillard’s concern about teaching.  We know how challenging it is to teach high school teachers to become computing educators.  How hard is it to get kindergarten teachers to become engineering educators?

All 300 students at Clara E. Coleman Elementary School are learning the A B C’s of engineering this year, even those who cannot yet spell e-n-g-i-n-e-e-r-i-n-g. The high-performing Glen Rock school district, about 22 miles northwest of Manhattan, now teaches 10 to 15 hours of engineering each year to every student in kindergarten through fifth grade, as part of a $100,000 redesign of the science curriculum.

via Many Schools Teach Engineering in Early Grades – NYTimes.com.

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