Advancing Excellence in P12 Engineering Education
Engineering For Everyone
AE3 consists of researchers, teachers, industry and K-12 schools district partners, and policy makers with a shared vision to ensure that every child is given the opportunity to think, learn, and act like an engineer.
A Vision for P-12 Engineering Learning
In 2016, AE3 launched the Framework for P-12 Engineering Learning project to afford leaders a dynamic platform to (a) pursue a vision for P-12 engineering education, (b) establish a coherent curricular structure for the three dimensions of engineering learning, and (c) conduct research on the learning of engineering concepts/skills to better understand how to achieve engineering literacy for all.
Framework White Paper Series
Engineering Literacy for All Students
The goal of Engineering Literacy for All is to ensure that every student, regardless of their race, gender, ability, socioeconomic status, or career interests, has the opportunity to develop these three dimensions to become informed citizens who are capable of adapting to and thriving in the workplace and society of the future. Therefore, by the end of secondary school all students should be provided the learning experiences necessary to (1) orient their ways of thinking by developing Engineering Habits of Mind and (2) be able to competently enact the Engineering Practices. The Engineering Knowledge dimension is defined as the scientific, mathematical, and technical core concepts that students should appreciate and be able to draw upon, when appropriate, to better perform the practices of engineering. One would not expect a student to fully understand each of the Engineering Knowledge core concepts in depth by the end of secondary school. But, to be engineering literate individuals, they will be able to deploy their Engineering Habits of Mind as the thinking strategies to acquire and apply the appropriate Engineering Knowledge, along with their competence in Engineering Practice, to confront and solve the problems in which they encounter.