SME Video demonstrates high school engineering initiative.
Press Release Summary:
February 24, 2010 - SME Education Foundation celebrated National Engineers Week, February 15-21, by distributing video titled "Innovate: All Systems Go." Presented in MTV-style format, video features students from high school in New Britain, CT, who build solar car and visit Johnson Space Center where NASA team answers their questions and explains why they love what they do. Solar car is on display near high school football field and students can answer questions and serve as mentors to peers and community members.
Original Press Release
Rendezvous at NASA - Advanced Engineering for Kids
Press release date: February 12, 2010
Project Lead The Way is a national 501c3, not-for-profit educational program that prepares middle and high school students to be the most innovative and productive leaders in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Through an engaging, hands-on curriculum, PLTW encourages the development of problem-solving skills, critical thinking, creative and innovative reasoning, and a love of learning. Visit: http://www.pltw.org About Gateway Academy:
The concept of the Gateway Academy was created in a partnership between the SME Education Foundation and Project Lead the Way, a not-for-profit organization that promotes engineering courses for middle and high school students. In 2009, the SME Education Foundation held 237 Gateway Academies and reached over 4,800 students in 28 states. Their goal is to increase to 300 Gateway Academies in 2010. The Gateway Academy offers a weeklong, co-ed program allowing campers to work together in a fun and exciting environment. Students brainstorm ideas, solve problems and learn the basics of engineering concepts involving alternative energy, eco-design, robotics, manufacturing and aerodynamics, in a hands-on, project-based environment. The curriculum prepares middle and high school students for engineering coursework offered by Project Lead The Way. About the SME Education Foundation:
The SME Education Foundation is committed to inspiring, supporting and preparing the next generation of manufacturing engineers and technologists in the advancement of manufacturing education. Created by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers in 1979, the SME Education Foundation has provided more than $29 million since 1980 in grants, scholarships and awards through its partnerships with corporations, organizations, foundations, and individual donors. Visit the SME Education Foundation at www.smeef.org and award-winning website, www.manufacturingiscool.com. If you have any questions or comments, please contact SME Public Relations by phone (313) 271-1500, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or Fax: (313) 425-3403.