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Engineering byDesign™ (EbD)
A Standards-Based Model Program
   

"The Engineering byDesign™ Program is
built on the belief that the ingenuity of
children is untapped, unrealized potential
that, when properly motivated, will lead
to the next generation of technologists,
innovators, designers, and engineers."

The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association's STEM±Center for Teaching and Learning™ has developed the only standards-based national model for Grades K-12 that delivers technological literacy in a STEM context. The model, Engineering byDesign™ is built on the Common Core State Standards ( High School / Middle School, with NGSS coming soon), Standards for Technological Literacy (ITEEA); Principles and Standards for School Mathematics (NCTM); and Project 2061, Benchmarks for Science Literacy (AAAS). Additionally, the Program K-12 has been mapped to the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges for Engineering.

Using constructivist's models, students participating in the program learn concepts and principles in an authentic, problem/project-based environment. Through an integrative STEM environment, EbD™ uses all four content areas as well as English-Language Arts to help students understand the complexities of tomorrow.

Mission

We live in a technological world. Living in the twenty-first century requires much more from every individual than a basic ability to read, write, and perform simple mathematics. Technology and engineering affects every aspect of our lives, from enabling citizens to perform routine tasks to requiring that they be able to make responsible, informed decisions that affect individuals, our society, and the environment.

Citizens of today must have a basic understanding of how technology affects their world and how they exist both within and around technology. Technological literacy is fundamentally important to all students. Technological processes have become so complex that the community and schools collaborate to provide a quality technology program that prepares students for a changing technological world that is progressively more dependent on an informed, technologically literate citizenry.

EbD™ is also linked to the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges for Engineering. Through these real-life engineering issues/problems/challenges, students begin to envision their future beyond the school building.

Vision

The ITEEA model STEM program is committed to providing technological study in facilities that are safe and facilitate creativity, enabling all students to meet local, state, and national technological literacy standards. Students are prepared to engage in additional technological study in the high school years and beyond. Students will be prepared with knowledge and abilities to help them become informed, successful citizens who are able to make sense of the world in which they live. The technology program also enables students to take advantage of the technological resources in their own community. The EbD™ program also enables students to be wise consumers, advocates, and change agents of the technological resources in their own community.

Goals

  • Provide a standards-based K-12 program that ensures that all students are technologically literate.
  • Provide opportunities for all students without regard to gender or ethnic origin.
  • Provide clear standards and expectations for increasing student achievement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
  • Provide leadership and support that will produce continuous improvement and innovation in the program.
  • Restore America's status as the leader in innovation.
  • Provide a program that constructs learning from a very early age and culminates in a capstone experience that leads students to become the next generation of engineers, technologists, innovators, and designers.

Organizing Principles

The program is organized around ten principles. These principles are very large concepts that identify major content organizers for the program. In order of importance, the seven organizing principles are:

  1. Engineering through design improves life.
  2. Technology and engineering have affected, and continues to affect everyday life.
  3. Technology drives invention and innovation and is a thinking and doing process.
  4. Technologies are combined to make technological systems.
  5. Technology creates issues and impacts that change the way people live and interact.
  6. Engineering and technology are the basis for improving on the past and creating the future.
  7. Technology and engineering solve problems.
  8. Technology and engineering use inquiry, design and systems thinking to produce solutions.
  9. Technological and engineering design is a process used to develop solutions for human wants and needs
  10. Technological applications create the designed world.

STEM and IT Pathways

The EbD™ Program is a model used by schools developing themes in the STEM and IT Clusters that are seeking to increase all students' achievement in technology, science, mathematics, and English through authentic learning. The program is built on constructivist models and creates awareness and competence over time as it builds on learned knowledge and skills--aligning closely with the Cluster Knowledge and Skills in both the STEM and IT Clusters.

The EbD™ Program was designed to maintain integrity through two delivery scenarios.

Pathway program, where schools adopt the articulated sequence of courses in a STEM and/or an IT-themed academy.

Modularizing the components and adapting the design themes to support the STEM, IT, or other academy models. In this scenario, as in many career-themed academy models, some modification is required to ensure themes are aligned with the Cluster Knowledge and Skills.

 


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