The 2008 Bernard M. Gordon Prize will be awarded to Jacquelyn F. Sullivan and Lawrence E. Carlson "for the Integrated Teaching and Learning Program that infuses hands-on learning throughout K-16 engineering education to motivate and prepare tomorrow's engineering leaders."
The ITL Program is exceptional because of its setting and curriculum. The technology-rich ITL Laboratory promotes engineering's human connections through open, interactive, interdisciplinary design and experimental spaces. The transparent design of the building itself helps students and visitors appreciate the inner workings of a complex building. The laboratory is essential to the ITL Program's undergraduate curriculum because engineering students from all departments, beginning with their first year, can take design courses where small teams develop products to solve real problems.
A second element of the program's curriculum is the extensive development and implementation of K-12 engineering education. About 1,700 students in grades 3-12 experience the excitement of hands-on engineering in weekly classes — helping them realize that engineering is about making a difference in the world — while cementing the commitment to the engineering profession among the graduate fellows who do the in-class teaching.
Integrated Teaching and Learning Program