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Tue, October 17, 2017
Today, two years after the initial public launch of its LinkEngineering website, the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) announced a collaboration between LinkEngineering.org and TeachEngineering.org, a digital library with over 1550 classroom tested, standards-aligned, engineering-focused k-12 curricular resources. The integration seamlessly blends the community features of the NAE site with the rich content from TeachEngineering.org, creating new opportunities for PreK-12 engineering educators to promote student interest and success.
“Bringing together LinkEngineering’s platform for the education community with the curricular resources of TeachEngineering will significantly advance the quality of precollege engineering education,” said NAE President C. D. Mote, Jr.
LinkEngineering.org, funded with generous support from Chevron, aims to support effective implementation of PreK-12 engineering education in the United States. The site provides educators with essential information about engineering as well as connections to peers and experts across the PreK-12 system who are designing and using engineering curriculum in classrooms and in after- and out-of-school settings. Though the LinkEngineering website does provide resources—such as lesson plans, videos of how engineering plays out in PreK-12 settings, and background information on engineering and engineering design—it is foremost intended to be an online community.
Reflecting the importance and reach of LinkEngineering.org, the project includes five national partner organizations: National Science Teachers Association, American Society for Engineering Education, International Technology and Engineering Educators Association, Council of State Science Supervisors, and Achieve, Inc.
The TeachEngineering Digital Library gets more than 3 million unique visitors per year, many of whom download and print instructional materials. TeachEngineering users currently do not have an easy way to report how they use the site’s materials. Through the collaboration, a new “Share an Experience” feature on TeachEngineering.org will allow site users to share with the LinkEngineering community how they have used or modified the curricular materials and what the impact has been on students. This input will not only be of value to other educators, it will also allow TeachEngineering.org to make improvements in its resource collection.
“We are so excited to partner with the NAE and LinkEngineering,” said Jacquelyn Sullivan, co-director of the Integrated Teaching and Learning Program at the University of Colorado, Boulder, College of Engineering, and a founding leader of TeachEngineering. “This partnership allows our visitors to share how they used our resources and give advice to educators new to engineering, ultimately leading to improved engineering education at the PreK-12 level.”
"Chevron supports science, technology, engineering, and math initiatives that give students the skills to analyze problems and build solutions using the engineering design process. Our nation’s educators play a vital role in preparing students with the knowledge and critical skills for the careers of tomorrow. LinkEngineering’s community of practice combined with TeachEngineering’s extensive repository of superior engineering resources will enable educators to prepare students for 21st century jobs,” said Blair Blackwell, manager of education and corporate programs at Chevron.
The National Academy of Engineering, an independent, nonprofit organization, was established in 1964 under the charter of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) as a parallel organization of outstanding engineers. Part of its mission is to advance the well-being of the nation by promoting a vibrant engineering profession and by marshalling the expertise and insights of eminent engineers to provide independent advice to the federal government on matters involving engineering and technology.
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are private, nonprofit institutions that provide independent, objective analysis and advice to the nation to solve complex problems and inform public policy decisions related to science, technology, and medicine. The Academies operate under an 1863 congressional charter to the National Academy of Sciences, signed by President Lincoln.