What do the blockbuster movie Avatar, high-performance sports gear, the Angry Birds phone app, and pollution-eating bacteria have in common?Â They are among a host of fascinating innovations developed by engineers and featured in the newest edition of the American Society for Engineering Educationâ€™s (ASEE) Engineering, Go For It (eGFI) magazine.Â The publication is available at http://shop.egfi-k12.org/.
The kid-friendly magazine is part of ASEEâ€™s campaign to inspire more K-12 students, particularly young women and underrepresented minorities, to pursue engineering careers. Illustrating how engineers make a difference in the world, the new edition includes:
Since 2003, eGFI has grown to reach over 2 million K-12 readers and currently has nearly 30,000 Facebook fans and 1,200 Twitter followers. In addition to a regularly updated, video-rich website for students, http://www.egfi-k12.org, there is also a K-12 teachersâ€™ website --http://teachers.egfi-k12.org-- highlighting how engineering can enhance instruction and bring excitement and challenge to the classroom, with free lesson plans, activities, and national education news.
eGFIâ€™s fifth edition arrives at a critical time for the United States as it seeks to compete in todayâ€™s global economy. Once a world leader, the American education system now lags in producing engineers and technology professionals. That has prompted policymakers and business leaders to call for a dramatic increase in the number of students pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).Â Â
With its large K-12 presence, eGFI plays a key role in encouraging students to pursue STEM majors and careers.Â "In my own work of training teachers and conducting parent workshops,â€ says Liz Parry, North Carolina State University College of Engineeringâ€™s Coordinator for K-16 STEM Partnership Development, â€œthe magazine and its website are two of my â€˜go toâ€™ tools for helping them to understand both the importance of their children experiencing engineering in their K-12 years and also to increase their own knowledge of the fundamental role engineers play in advancing society."
Engineering rocks! From new medical breakthroughs to cool Earth-saving technologies, engineers are problem solvers who have a passion for making the world a better place. eGFI showcases the wide world of engineering and technology careers to students, teachers and parents. eGFI: Dream up the Future. www.egfi-k12.org
Founded in 1893, ASEE is a nonprofit organization committed to promoting excellence in engineering and engineering technology education, and advancing research, public service, and the practice of engineering worldwide.