Engineering in the classroom

A special workshop, Inspire Innovation: Engineering in the Classroom, at ASME’s International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition today is teaching local high school teachers the value of emphasizing science, math, and engineering in the classroom.

The workshop is intended to provide local area high school teachers some tools to effectively convey the value of technology to their students, said Karen Malesky, president of the ASME Auxiliary and chair of the committee on pre-college education.

Some of the points made:

  • Teachers can acquire additional knowledge and materials from engineers to bring to the classroom (outreach to engineers)
  • Learn how to communicate effectively with engineers
  • Help improve the public image of engineers and engineering
  • Educate current and future voters about engineering-related issues
  • Help to develop a more technologically literate citizenry
  • Help promote engineering as a program of study and a career option

The workshop is providing examples of several hands-on design challenges that teachers can take to their classrooms. These emphasize being creative with simple and inexpensive tools such as balloons, rubber bands, string, and others.

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John G. Falcioni is Editor-in-Chief of Mechanical Engineering magazine, the flagship publication of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

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