Integrated STEM Education in Elementary Schools Using Engineering: Every Teacher, Every Student

A great deal of national attention has recently been focused on STEM education as an educational innovation. The truth is that science and mathematics have always been taught, technology has found its way into some places, and most STEM educational efforts really exclude engineering. Engineering can serve as a means of integrating and bringing relevance to classroom instruction. Using engineering as a basis can also allow inclusion of important skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, for success in the global economy.
This paper will discuss schools in North Carolina that are using engineering as a basis for instruction of all subjects. The schools discussed have been in operation for one to four years, comprising approximately 1500 students. Significant achievement increases have been documented. The paper will also discuss engineering standards which are being written for instruction in all schools in the state of North Carolina.

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