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Design & Technology | Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, including Design and Technology are key tools in the work to provide basic rights to every child.

The prosperity of our nation and the world depends on having individuals with the talent and skills required to participate in the global, knowledge-based economy. Education goes hand in hand with economic development. This is especially true in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, which is why STEM education has become an urgent national priority in the United States.

Like all students, today’s STEM students are most engaged when they are provided opportunities to utilize technology to find, synthesize and apply information efficiently in real-world contexts. To meet this requirement, pioneering school leaders are seeing to it that highly interactive, technology rich learning environments are available to all of their STEM students for every class, all the time, because when students are more engaged, they learn more.

STEM education has become an urgent national priority with the White House calling on the business community, philanthropies and educators to get more students interested in STEM careers (especially women and under-represented minorities), more teachers qualified to teach, and improve STEM education in our schools and universities. The United States has been falling behind in STEM education with American 15-year-olds ranked 21st in science and 25th in math compared to other countries.

Design and Technology (DT) is a school subject offered at all levels of primary and secondary school. As a school subject it involves students in designing in a practical context with a focus on, for example, food, textiles, resistant materials or digital media. It is also a university course in many countries, including Australia, Canada, America, Singapore, South Africa, Netherlands and New Zealand, both for the preparation of teachers and for general education in areas such as industrial design.

Excellent Design Technology websites for both Teachers and Students: http://www.technologystudent.com and http://www.design-technology.info