Since forming the National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) in 2004, the Museum of Science has played a leading role in introducing engineering curricula to America's K – 12 classrooms. We have developed an award-winning series of textbooks through initiatives such as Engineering is Elementary®, Building Math, and Engineering the Future: Science, Technology, and the Design Process™, and we have provided essential training to educators through workshops.
The Museum of Science has made STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education a priority in our Campaign fundraising efforts. Having reached approximately 30,000 teachers and close to 3 million students in all 50 states, the Museum's NCTL K – 12 curricula is bringing engineering education to the forefront to help the United States gain an edge in technological literacy.
Investing in the next generation of scientists and engineers is imperative. These young minds will make advances that will positively impact human life. It is equally important to foster an educated community that can understand and value complex issues like healthcare.
Former Chairman, President, CEO of Genzyme
The Museum of Science is emerging as a substantial contributor to the cultural life of the community through our Art & Science Gallery and a robust program of adult offerings and community forums.
The long-running Lowell Lecture Series brings leading science and social theorists and practitioners to the Museum, and our annual honors programs, the Walker Prize and Washburn Award, recognize excellence and achievement in science and technology. Women in Science and the Reno Family Foundation Symposia present inspired lectures and discussions on scientific research, technological breakthroughs, and a host of cultural issues.
If we don't want our students merely to consume technology but to create it, we must teach more for understanding. Our students need a 21st-century curriculum that focuses on the technological world. If we align the education system with the realities of our engineered world and give our students the tools they need, they will rise to the challenge.
Yvonne Spicer, EdD
Vice President, Advocacy and Educational Partnerships
National Center for Technological Literacy
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