In recognizing the importance of bringing engineering into K-12 classrooms, the National Society of Professional Engineers announced today it has endorsed the Educating Tomorrow's Engineers Act of 2013. Introduced last week by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) in the Senate and by Representatives Paul Tonko (D-NY) and Joe Kennedy (D-MA) in the House, this legislation (S. 1178/H.R. 2426) would provide grants to integrate engineering curricula into classrooms across the nation and expand the uses of existing federal education programs to include engineering education.
In letters of support to Senator Gillibrand, Representative Tonko, and Representative Kennedy, NSPE President Dan Wittliff, P.E., F.NSPE writes, "Though early education is vital to developing the desire and skills to become an engineer, there are few programs that advance engineering and technological literacy at the K-12 level. The Educating Tomorrow's Engineers Act would enhance K-12 engineering education and provide for expanded research to inform best practices."
The legislation's goals of expanding student exposure to engineering design skills, providing instructors with tools and support to effectively teach engineering, enabling schools to target more resources towards engineering education, and promoting research in engineering education are all critical to cultivating the next generation of engineers.
NSPE is working closely with the bill's sponsors to promote the bill and add new cosponsors to this vital piece of legislation. For more information or questions concerning the Educating Tomorrow's Engineers Act of 2013, please contact Arielle Eiser, Manager of Government Relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read President Wittliff's letter to Senator Gillibrand and Representatives Tonko and Kennedy.
The National Society of Professional Engineers is the national society of licensed professional engineers from all disciplines that promotes the ethical and competent practice of engineering, advocates licensure, and enhances the image and well-being of its members. Founded in 1934, NSPE serves more than 35,000 members and the public through 53 state and territorial societies and more than 400 chapters. For more information, please visit www.nspe.org.