The preferred pro-engineering lobbying tactic employed last week in the Prince William County school system? First, unveil a countywide competition in underwater robotics to hundreds of students in a high school auditorium thumping with techno music. Then, talk up the salaries made by engineers--and simultaneously joke that liberal-arts degrees result only in fast-food jobs. Finally, show testosterone-churning photos and videos of naval attack aircraft, submarines, and destroyers. Recently at Forest Park Senior High School, hundreds of students listened to a presentation outlining an eight-week program in which they will design underwater robots. The curriculum culminates in a competition April 26...
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