“Engineering the Future is the most life-like engineering course I’ve ever taught. It’s real engineering. The students used lathes, plastic welders and saws in constructing organizers. We designed and built forms for a concrete I-beam. One girl suddenly realized all the planning and work involved when she did it herself.”
-- John Burns, high school teacher, Agawam, MA
Engineering the Future (EtF) offers an inspiring first-hand look at how real life engineers approach everyday engineering problems through hands-on activities that support student engagement. Studies show that EtF boosts students' knowledge of and interest in engineering, helps students put engineering concepts into practice, and enhances teachers' abilities to teach engineering principles.
Etf helps today's high school students understand the ways in which they will engineer the world of the future — whether or not they choose to pursue technical careers. The program provides students with opportunities to see science, mathematics, and engineering as part of their everyday lives and to value scientific and technological literacy.
EtF is an adaptable, affordable, standards-based modular STEM curriculum. It employs a series of engineering design challenges which seek solutions to inquiry-based problems via need-to-know discovery learning. Student teams apply mathematics and science through sequential tasks in four distinct, engaging, term-length projects. Teacher professional development is provided by the developer and publisher in face-to-face workshops, a four-week moderated online course, and customized sessions.
Museum of Science, Boston; National Center for Technological Literacy; Lockheed Martin; Cisco Systems, Inc.; Key Curriculum Press; National Institute of Standards; U.S. Small Business Administration; Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Renewable Energy Trust; The Highland Street Foundation; It's About Time publishing
The programs in this database clear a high bar. STEMworks reviewed each program against CTEq's Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy.
Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.
Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.
Ensure work is sustainable.
Demonstrate replicability and scalability.
Create high impact partnerships
Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.
Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience
Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.
Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.
Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.