Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

New Programs

Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

New Programs

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* The National Building Museum (NBM) is launching the first of several design education programs to schools and communities across the country. As building design-based education inherently strengthens math, science, and engineering skills, opportunities arise for greater bonds between policy-makers, local communities, and an industry concerned about the future of its skilled workforce. The Museum's programs fill a growing need to excite children about math, science, and engineering subject areas. The programs combine these fundamentals with social studies, public presentation, and art--subjects at risk in many schools reporting borderline results. This type of overall problem-solving curricula can result in improved academic performance of elementary and primary school children, as the NBM has realized in its 20 years of experience in the metropolitan Washington, DC area. The Museum and its sponsors, which include the Construction Industry Round Table (CIRT) representing the top 100 construction and engineering firms in the country, and the U.S. Department of Labor, believe this methodology also has the potential to address U.S. labor shortage predictions in engineering and skilled labor fields. …

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