Understanding and Improving K-12 Engineering Education in the United States

Symposium on K-12 Engineering Education

National Academies Auditorium
2101 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington DC 20418

Engineering in K-12 Education coverEngineering in K-12 Education reviews the present scope and impact of K-12 engineering education and makes recommendations to address curriculum, policy, and funding issues. 

This symposium marked the release of the report with a panel discussion with committee members and presentations from the committee chair and key stakeholder representatives.



 8:30 a.m. Coffee and Registration

Webcast Begins
 9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introduction of Keynote
Charles M. Vest, President, National Academy of Engineering
 9:10 a.m. Keynote Address
Irwin Jacobs, co-founder, current board member and retired CEO & Chairman of Qualcomm, Inc.

Release of the Committee Report
 9:40 a.m. Overview of the Project and Report
Linda Katehi, Chancellor, University of California, Davis, and Committee Chair
 10:00 a.m. Selected Findings and Recommendations (Committee Panel)
  What is K-12 Engineering Education?: Al Gomez, Sun Prairie High School, Wisconsin
  Status of K-12 Engineering in the United States: Lynn Basham, Virginia Department of Education
  The Impacts of K-12 Engineering Education: Jacquelyn Sullivan, University of Colorado, Boulder
  What Kids Can Learn and Do: Michael Feder, National Research Council, Board on Science Education
 11:00 a.m. Q&A with Committee Panel
  Moderator: Mark Schroll, Kern Family Foundation
 11:15 a.m. Improving Prospects for K-12 Engineering Education: Implementation Issues (Committee Panel)
  Overview of Issues: Rollie Otto, University of California, Berkeley
  Discussants: Robin Willner, IBM; Deborah McGriff, NewSchools Venture Fund
 11:45 a.m. Q&A with Committee
  Moderator: Mark Schroll, Kern Family Foundation

Webcast Ends
 12:00 p.m. Lunch

Response to the Report
 1:00 p.m. Perspectives from the U.S. Department of Education
Steve Robinson, Special Advisor to the Secretary
 1:20 p.m. Perspective from K-12 Schools
Steve Meyer, Brillion School District, Wisconsin
 1:40 p.m. Q&A with Speakers
  Moderator: Mark Schroll, Kern Family Foundation
 2:00 p.m. Perspective from Engineering Education
Linda Abriola, Dean of Engineering, Tufts University
 2:20 p.m. Perspective from Capitol Hill
Senator Ted Kaufman
 2:40 p.m. Q&A with Speakers
  Moderator: Mark Schroll, Kern Family Foundation
 3:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
Linda Katehi, Chancellor, University of California, Davis
3:15 - 4:15 p.m. Reception

Watch the Brillion High School Technology and Engineering video