Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

NSTEP Launches Initiative to Advance Science and Technology Education in Elementary Schools

Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

NSTEP Launches Initiative to Advance Science and Technology Education in Elementary Schools

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The National Science & Technology Education Partnership (NSTEP), the leading education foundation for the U.S. high-tech industry, has launched the Youth Exploring Technology Initiative, designed to improve science and technology education. Through the initiative, NSTEP is bringing its online technology mentoring program, TechXplore, to elementary schools in the District of Columbia and surrounding communities in Maryland and Northern Virginia.

TechXplore is a proven technology education and mentoring program that has engaged middle and high school classrooms, science and technology clubs, and after-school programs across the country to spark young peoples' interest in their studies of science and technology and inspire them in the pursuit of related careers. But while outcomes indicate that youth participating in TechXplore develop greater interest in and readiness for science and technology careers, studies show a growing need to engage the minds and fire the imaginations of students at an earlier age to create a sustained interest in further education and careers in these areas. In response to this need, NSTEP has created an elementary school component for TechXplore. By extending participation in TechXplore to younger students, NSTEP intends to help speed up the pace at which the declining achievement among youth in science and technology and the shortage of students pursuing advanced studies in math, science, technology, and engineering are addressed. …

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