Let’s Engineer It is the theme. Dates are July 7 – 11 2014.
What is engineering? How is it being taught in K-12 schools? How do real engineering practices promote invaluable 21st century skills of critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and innovation?
A growing number of K-12 students are being exposed to engineering-related materials, and evidence suggests that engineering education can stimulate interest and improve learning in mathematics and science as well as improve understanding of engineering and technology. Engineering design, by its very nature, is a pedagogical strategy that promotes learning across disciplines. K-12 engineering curricula introduce young students to relevant and fulfilling, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content in an integrated fashion through exploration of the world around them.
NASA's journeys into air and space have deepened humankind's understanding of the universe, advanced technology breakthroughs, enhanced air travel safety and security, and expanded the frontiers of scientific research. These accomplishments share a common genesis: education. As the United States begins the second century of flight, the Nation must maintain its commitment to excellence in STEM education to ensure that the next generation of Americans can accept the full measure of their roles and responsibilities in shaping the future. NASA will continue investing in the Nation's education programs and supporting the country's educators who play a key role in preparing, inspiring, exciting, encouraging, and nurturing the young minds of today who will be the workforce of tomorrow.
Your students will be asking, "Why things work!" instead of "Why do I need to learn this?"
Learn how to motivate your students and integrate Engineering into your curriculum. Liftoff 2014: Let's Engineer It!
The deadline for receiving applications is April 15 for LiftOff 2014 and should be submitted through the online system: