Engineering experts are urging U.S. schools to incorporate the subject in a few novel ways
STEM education–a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math–has cemented its place of importance in U.S. schools and in the global economy.
And while science and math skills remain at the top of educators’ lists, engineering, often called the “forgotten E” in STEM, is equally important in today’s world.
Students need to know what engineering actually is, experts and stakeholders say. What has traditionally been viewed as a stereotypically dry and numbers-heavy career actually has vast applications in today’s workforce. Engineers can specialize in space engineering, special effects, sports, toys and entertainment, and more.
(Next page: Five ways to make engineering relevant and engaging for students)