year, the American Society for Engineering Education launched the ASEE
Engineering K-12 Center with the objective of making the most effective
engineering education resources available to the K-12 community. The
Center focuses primarily on the creation of self-assessment tools for
education outreach programs in operation at ASEE member institutions.
K-12 teachers, students, and parents—and engineering faculty members
running K-12 programs—can tap into a broad range of resources,
including a searchable online database of outreach programs. The Center's
ultimate goal is to better prepare students for careers in engineering.
This month's Prism cover story, "The ABCs of Engineering,"
looks at three different models for introducing engineering into the
K-12 curriculum. The state of Massachusetts has taken a mandatory approach
by requiring engineering instruction in every grade of its public schools.
In Texas, Southern Methodist University has developed a more entrepreneurial
model. Called the Infinity Project, it provides schools with a self-contained
engineering curriculum package. Infinity is set to go national with
a franchise and license system. The University of Colorado at Boulder
has instituted a hub-and-spoke approach that offers professional development
courses and partnerships with teachers from schools in the surrounding
Nanotechnology is one of the hottest buzzwords in research today with
many researchers—and those authorizing federal funding—believing
that it will soon create major scientific and technological breakthroughs.
"All Things Great and Small" is a portrait of a University
of Toronto engineering professor who turned the study of this emerging
field into an undergraduate major.
The new Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is being hailed as a masterpiece,
and the engineers and its Japanese architect who worked together to
create the building are earning particular praise for their innovative
use of concrete. "A Museum of Substance" describes the beauty
of the museum, which has 40-foot ceilings that appear to soar with little
or no support over large rooms with walls that shimmer with warmth.
The Texan engineers took an age-old building material—concrete—and
blending art and science, created a building that is a work of art.
I hope you find these stories as varied and interesting as I have,
and as always, I would welcome hearing your views.
Frank L. Huband
Executive Director and Publisher