Museum of Science, Boston Website Enhances, Expands National Center for Technological Literacy

January 29, 2010

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BOSTON—The Museum of Science, Boston today launched a new website making its National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) and its corresponding resources accessible nationwide: http://www.mos.org/nctl. The NCTL was established in 2004 to advance technological literacy by helping state governments modify their educational standards and assessments, designing standards-based, teacher-tested K-12 engineering materials, offering pre-service, in-service, and online professional development for educators, and creating museum exhibits and programs.

The new website offers educators information about NCTL curricula and professional development materials and provides individuals and organizations across the country with tools to advocate for technological literacy within their education systems.

The country's only science museum with a comprehensive strategy and infrastructure designed to foster technological literacy in both science museums and schools nationwide, the Museum of Science now provides access on one easily navigable site to all NCTL activities and offerings. They include low-cost K-12 engineering curricula and professional development opportunities, design challenges, contact information, and news updates with relevant data and research from organizations such as the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), National Research Council (NRC), International Technology and Education Association, and U.S. National Science Board.

Museum of Science president and director Ioannis Miaoulis believes the new NCTL site will be a valuable tool for diverse users nationwide. "I am excited to make the NCTL's resources available to the broadest possible audience. We want Congress, agency heads, and state organizations to realize that technology and engineering are as important as science and math." According to Miaoulis, the NCTL's goal is to introduce engineering and technology to schools, science centers and informal education organizations in every state by 2015. "Introducing students to engineering will spark them to use their math and science knowledge to solve problems and fuel innovation. Equally important, we hope to inspire young adults to pursue careers in these fields."

Senator John Kerry says, "Resources like this website help us to educate and encourage aspiring engineers and scientists nationwide, to keep Massachusetts at the front of the line when it comes to technological advances, and to continue to compete in a global economy"

Whether you're a United States Senator, a 10th grade teacher, a reporter, or a CEO in the technology sector – anyone concerned about engineering education or U.S. competitiveness in the global economy will find this Web-based resource useful.

The NCTL website was designed by Corey McPherson Nash with support from Lockheed Martin Corporation. NCTL staff can be contacted at nctlinfo@mos.org.

About the National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL)

Recognizing that a 21st century curriculum must include today's human-made world, the NCTL's goal is to introduce engineering as early as elementary school and continue it through high school and beyond. The NCTL works with leaders in education, government, and industry to integrate engineering as a new discipline: in schools K-12 by aligning state standards, developing curricula, and teacher training; and in science and other lifelong learning centers by upgrading public perceptions and understanding of engineering and technology through exhibits, programs, and professional development. The NCTL has reached more than 15,600 teachers and one million students in 50 states. Spearheaded by Miaoulis, Massachusetts was first in the nation in 2001 to develop a statewide K-12 curriculum framework and assessments for technology/engineering.

About the Museum of Science, Boston

One of the world's largest science centers, the Museum of Science takes a hands-on approach to science, engineering, and technology, attracting over 1.5 million visitors a year through its vibrant programs and 700 interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. The Museum is ranked one of the top two science museums in the United States in the Zagat Survey's "U.S. Family Travel Guide." Highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity; Charles Hayden Planetarium; the 180-degree domed Mugar Omni Theater; 3-D Digital Cinema; and Butterfly Garden. In addition to being the headquarters for the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network reaching 25,000 teens a year worldwide, the Museum is lead partner in a multi-museum, $20 million National Science Foundation-funded nanotechnology initiative. The Museum's "Science Is an Activity" exhibit plan has been awarded many NSF grants and influenced science centers worldwide. For more information, visit www.mos.org.

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