K-12 Engineering Education

Over the past five years, national interest in K-12 engineering education has been growing. Yet, despite the growing prevalence of engineering standards in most states, it is estimated that only 10 percent of K–12 students are exposed to engineering-related coursework in school. Many students and even some teachers are confused about what exactly engineering is.

The National Science Foundation is a major supporter of engineering education—and the research needed to ensure effective programming and skilled teachers.

This Spotlight provides examples of NSF-funded programs that show promise for educating future generations of scientifically literate and engineering-talented adults.

In addition to these programs, CADRE would like to congratulate and recognize the DR K-12 projects awarded in 2015 that focus on engineering.

THE CURRENT STATE OF K-12 ENGINEERING

Knowledge Brief ImageKnowledge Brief
Read more about the current state of K-12 engineering education in this brief, which explores the benefits and barriers to implementating engineering education and offers examples of promising programs.

 

K-12 ENGINEERING EDUCATION RESOURCES & PRESENTATION MATERIALS

STEM Smart Workshop 
Access resources and presentation materials from the Atlanta 2013 STEM Smart workshop, focused on K-12 engineering education, as described in the Next Generation Science Standards.

 

ABOUT THE DR K-12 PORTFOLIO OF ENGINEERING EDUCATION PROJECTS 

 Targeted Study of Engineering in DR K-12
Learn more about how engineering education work is being furthered within NSF's DR K-12 program in this targeted study.  

 

Poster Hall
Learn more about DR K-12's Engineering projects in this special collection of virtual posters.

  

Engineering in Education Videos
Click on the images below to view videos of DR K-12 projects focused on engineering education: