RENO — A new national initiative to build engineering into K-12 curriculum is the theme of a symposium on science and engineering education featuring guest speaker Ioannis Miaoulis, the driver behind the movement. The presentation Nov. 8 is part of the University of Nevada, Reno’s College of Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series, in collaboration with the College of Education.
In his presentation, “Science in the K-12 Schools: Oh my.....do we have it WRONG!,” Miaoulis, president and director of the Museum of Science in Boston, will talk about a major initiative to introduce the human-made world and engineering into schools nationwide. The lecture is at 6:15 p.m. Nov. 8 in the Davidson Mathematics and Science Center Redfield Auditorium. A poster session featuring K-12 outreach programs within the Colleges of Engineering and Education will be held at 5:30 p.m. Refreshments will be offered.
According to Miaoulis, introducing engineering into the K-12 curriculum is important because engineering skills and concepts encourages students to use math and science knowledge to solve real problems and create new technologies. He asserts that engineering has been the missing component of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
Dean Manos Maragakis of the College of Engineering agrees.
Maragakis said a long-term vision is required and the key to producing people who can influence the economy is creating the path.
To attend the College of Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 784-6925.