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2.9: Instructor Supplemental Resources

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ASEE Draft Engineering Standards. This chapter is focused on “Dimension 3: The Nature of Engineering” of the ASEE Corporate Members Council Draft Engineering Standards; these draft standards will serve as input to the National Academy of Engineering process of considering engineering standards for K-12 education. This dimension includes the following outcomes:

  • Students will develop an understanding of the characteristics and broad scope of engineering.
  • Students will be able to be creative and innovative in their thought process and actions.

Massachusetts State Technology/Engineering High School Standards This chapter addresses standard 1.2: “Understand that the engineering design process is used in the solution of problems and the advancement of society. Identify examples of technologies, objects, and processes that have been modified to advance society, and explain why and how they were modified.”

Common Preconceptions

The following are common student preconceptions about engineering:

  • Students have little to no knowledge about what engineers do, or the range of engineering careers open to them.
  • Students rarely know anyone who is an engineer unless that person is a relative.
  • Student typically view engineering as limited to planning, designing, building, fixing and repairing things. Engineers are typically perceived as male, but rarely female.
  • All engineers are viewed as lacking social qualities.
  • Most people in the United States do not recognize the role of engineers in developing new forms of energy or drugs, or even working in space. These activities are seen as the work of scientists.
  • Most people do not realize that engineers work with scientists to create new technologies.

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