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Thu, October 29, 2020
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) announced today the transition of LinkEngineering, a website to support implementation of pre-K through 12th grade engineering education in the United States, to the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA), effective Nov. 1.
Since 2015, LinkEngineering has brought together a vast online community of educators interested in providing meaningful engineering experiences to pre-K-12 students of all abilities. This community is comprised of educators working with students in classrooms or other settings, as well as teacher educators and administrators. The website allows users to connect with one another and with engineering education experts, and provides background information on engineering and the engineering design process. LinkEngineering was originally funded by Chevron, with additional funding from Robin K. and Rose M. McGuire and the Samueli Foundation.
“The NAE is pleased to transfer LinkEngineering to ITEEA, where it can benefit from an existing and engaged community of pre-K-12 engineering and technology educators,” said NAE President John L. Anderson. “We are confident that the site will grow tremendously under ITEEA’s leadership.”
ITEEA, an original partner in LinkEngineering, promotes technological and engineering literacy for all by supporting the teaching of technology and engineering and fostering the professionalism of those engaged in these pursuits. As this mission dovetails well with the goals of LinkEngineering and ITEEA already has a large online community, this move presents a new opportunity for the growth and sustainability of LinkEngineering.
“We are thrilled to be the new home for LinkEngineering,” said Steve Barbato, executive director and CEO of ITEEA. “We look forward to continuing its mission of supporting educators as they bring engineering into their classrooms and out-of-school-time activities.”
Founded in 1964, the U.S. National Academy of Engineering is a private, independent, nonprofit institution that provides engineering leadership in service to the nation. 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.