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Harnessing the Power of Engineering to Improve STEM Education in K-12 Schools

Washington, DC  |  June 12, 2013

B-338 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC

Engineering concepts and the design process are an integral part of the recently released state-led next generation science standards (NGSS). But many K-12 teachers are not aware of how engineering can be used to inspire and improve student performance. This event will provide an overview of the recent National Research Council report, “Successful K-12 STEM Education,” as well as give examples of innovative research-based tools for engineering education funded by the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources.

Moderated by:

Stephen C. George, Editor in Chief, DISCOVER Magazine


  • Mo Hosni, Ph.D.
    Vice President, ASME Education
    Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the University Engineering Alliance, Kansas State University
  • Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Ph.D.
    Assistant Director, National Science Foundation Directorate for Education and Human Resources
  • Christine M. Cunningham, Ph.D.
    Founder and Director, Engineering is Elementary
    Vice President, Museum of Science, Boston
  • Leigh R. Abts, Ph.D.
    Research Associate Professor, A. James Clark School of Engineering and College of Education, University of Maryland


Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME is a more than 130,000-member professional organization focused on technical, educational and research issues of the engineering and technology community.  Since 1992, the ASME Committee on Pre-college Education has been actively developing and supporting programs and materials that strengthen STEM education in the K-12 classroom through its own initiatives and in partnerships with many other organizations.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. Its FY 2012 budget was $7.0 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions.