Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

National Building Museum Launches National Education Initiatives

Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

National Building Museum Launches National Education Initiatives

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The National Building Museum (NBM) has launched its first design education program to national audiences, offering a curriculum that provides math, science, and engineering curricula connections--disciplines that decidedly support America's economic competitive edge in the changing international marketplace.

The Museum's Bridge Basics program is the first of several education initiatives the Museum is launching nationally. Bridge Basics teaches fifth through ninth graders about bridge engineering and design through creative lesson plans where students are challenged to solve transportation problems while balancing issues of materials, cost, geography, and aesthetics. The program helps students meet math standards in geometry, measurement, data analysis and probability, and problem solving. It also cultivates an understanding of scientific inquiry, the use and ability of technologies, and the attributes of design and engineering.

The Museum is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Labor to introduce the Design Apprenticeship Program: Building Blocks (DAP) to students across the country. DAP presents high school students with a design challenge for which they conceive, develop, test, and construct a solution. The program fosters critical thinking, problem solving, and communication skills necessary for life and applicable in all settings. …

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