It’s one thing to say that kids in the U.S. need to learn more about science, technology, and math to fill tomorrow’s engineering jobs, and another thing to give them practical instruction, supplies and support that actually lets them build engineering experience.
More schools and organizations are aiming to do the latter with engineering programs that let students put engineering skills in action.
Aerospace engineering is the focus of one DuVal High School program that’s been developed and aided through a partnership with NASA and the College Park Aviation Museum of Maryland.
“Rather than just explain to them why they need algebra skills in the ninth grade, this shows them. They have the experience to delve into a career and get some hands-on work.”
As programs like this are becoming more widespread in schools throughout the Untied States, will we start seeing greater enrollment numbers in college engineering programs and trade schools over the next decade?
Do you think education efforts like this will have a big impact on the future of America’s engineering and manufacturing base?
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