Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

Museum of Science Builds National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL)

Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

Museum of Science Builds National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL)

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Research indicates that most Americans don't understand the technologies that surround them--the products and systems designed to fill a specific need. From water filtration to wheelchairs, from pens to PDAs, people use technology, often without fully comprehending how these tools are designed, developed, and function. In response, the Museum of Science, Boston, has launched the National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL) to enhance knowledge of technology nationwide, and inspire the next generation of engineers, designers, inventors, and innovators. NCTL works closely with educators, administrators, government officials, and industry leaders to integrate engineering as a new discipline in schools and to present technology as an equal partner to science. The Museum's president and director, Ioannis (Yannis) Miaoulis, former Dean of Tufts University's School of Engineering, is the founder of and strong advocate for NCTL and its mission.

Through its link with the Museum of Science, NCTL encompasses a myriad of innovative programs and services including:

* Advocacy and Standards Development--NCTL leadership and staff collaborate with state education leaders, industry, and policy makers to help states introduce or modify technology and engineering standards.

* Educator Resource Center (ERC)--A collection of technology and engineering curricular materials evaluated to determine how well they meet state and national technology and engineering standards are housed in the Museum's Lyman Library and online at www.mos.org/erc.

* Elementary School and After-School Materials--The "Engineering is Elementary: Engineering and Technology Lessons for Children," is a series of 20 storybooks featuring multicultural children confronted with an engineering challenge, based on popular science topics and aligned with the field of engineering. …

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