Ioannis Miaoulis Advocates for K-12 Engineering
"We need to make technology and engineering as important as science and math in STEM education," says Ioannis Miaoulis, president and director of the Museum of Science, Boston and founding director of its National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®).
According to Miaoulis, introducing engineering into the K-12 curriculum is critical because engineering design skills and concepts engage students in using their math and science knowledge to solve real problems and create new technologies. "Until now, school curricula have focused more on the natural world, not the technological one. But it is the technological, or human-made, world that facilitates 95% of our daily experience," he says. "Technological literacy is basic literacy."
Recognizing a 21st century curriculum must include human-made world, the NCTL advocates for engineering education in schools and museums nationwide, helping states modify educational standards and assessments, creating standards-based K-12 engineering materials, offering educators professional development, and creating museum exhibits and programs.