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Abstract Technology Education for Kids: Cultivating Technology Professionals of Tomorrow and Today

By Barbara D. Gannod


Technology is becoming more and more important in our modern “information age. ” While engineering, computing, and other technology intensive professionals are in higher demand, universities are finding it harder and harder to attract and retain qualified students in science and engineering programs. 1 A nationally discussed societal problem termed the “digital divide ” has a great effect on which students will choose technology-related majors. 2 Other related problems include attracting minorities and women to engineering and science and finding students whose K-12 education provides the background necessary to be successful in science, engineering, and technology-related fields. 1,3,4,5 These challenges, along with the desire to share the excitement of computer science and technology, have lead to the development of the Technology Education for Kids (TEK) program at Arizona State University by undergraduate student members of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) and associated faculty. The TEK program is similar to many other successful programs that bring college students and faculty into K-12 classrooms to teach engineering concepts and mentor K-12 teachers and students; however, the TEK curriculum specifically targets computer science and technology education (rather than general engineering). A preliminary yearlong curriculum was develope

Year: 2008
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