General Principles For K-12 Engineering Education

Principle 1.

K-12 engineering education should emphasize engineering design.

The design process, the engineering approach to identifying and solving problems, (1) highly iterative; (2) open to the idea that a problem may have many possible solutions; (3) meaningful context for learning scientific, mathematical, and technological concepts; and (4) stimulus to systems thinking, modeling, and analysis.

In all of these ways, engineering design a potentially useful pedagogical strategy. Principle 2.

K-12 engineering education should incorporate important and developmentally appropriate mathematics, science, and technology knowledge and skills. Certain science concepts as well as the use of scientific inquiry methods can support engineering design activities.

Similarly, certain mathematical concepts and computational methods can support engineering design, especially in service of analysis and modeling.

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