Building student interest in science

There’s a shortage of young students who have enough interest in science and technology that they carry through and major in engineering fields once they get to college. Thankfully, there’s no shortage of programs designed to show kids that science is fun and exciting.
One of them, the Engineering Alliance has developed programs with three partners, Project Lead The Way, the Technology Student Association and SkillsUSA. The programs focus on middle and high school students, using the Internet to let them test themselves. They compete in online contests and leadership activities that reinforce the problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
Downloadable and virtual high school competitions include a Virtual Quiz Bowl and a Design Problem Solution Judging Challenge. Similar projects for middle school competitions include a Gateway to Technology Quiz Bowl and a Systems Identification Challenge. The group also offers a Teachers Guide to Leadership Development download as well as activity kits.
There are many other groups that have similar goals, like USFIRST. They all play a role in helping us maintain the innovation that is transforming societies around the globe.

Editor’s Note: One way that IPC is supporting science and technology in academics is through the academic poster competition at IPC APEX EXPO.  Abstract deadline is January 27, 2011.

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