Silver Spring, Md. — Discovery Education and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) have launched Engineering Dreams, an educational initiative designed to engage K-12 students nationwide in the biggest challenges of today while helping them unlock future success through engineering. Engineering Dreams offers educators and students a variety of interactive, standards-aligned learning resources to inspire the next generation of creative thinkers, risk takers and ethical problem-solvers.
To help every community celebrate the “E” in STEM, Engineering Dreams offers educators a video topic series, “Problem-Solvers for Good,” that explores engineering-based solutions to local community challenges that have the promise of positive global impact.
“ASME champions equitable access to unique and impactful K-12 STEM education content and experiences that are intentionally designed to reach students chronically underrepresented in STEM,” says ASME Executive Director/CEO Tom Costabile, P.E. “This collaboration with Discovery Education is a critical lynchpin in ASME’s overall DEI strategy to foster a more diverse and inclusive pipeline of students eager to pursue engineering. Many of our diverse talented members are storytellers who can fill a critical gap in representation by sharing real-world examples of engineers and engineering that resonate with students.”
From innovator spotlights to classroom activities, the no-cost resources aligned to learning standards available on Engineering Dreams offer new ways for educators to engage students in engineering. Additionally, student resources help all learners think like an engineer by exploring the lives of real people with real stories of using STEM skills to improve lives.
“This STEM education collaboration with Discovery Education serves as a launchpad for future generations of engineers whose innovations will transform our world,” said Kathleen Lobb, executive director of the ASME Foundation and managing director of ASME philanthropy. “With the generous support of our donors, the ASME Foundation is able to fund programs including Engineering Dreams.”
In addition to Engineering Dreams, ASME is a signature partner of the STEM Careers Coalition™ – the first-of-its-kind national STEM initiative powered by business leaders and anchored in schools by Discovery Education. The Coalition unites a range of industries around the common goals of empowering educators to teach STEM effectively in the classroom, fostering and promoting quality education, and building the next generation of STEM solution-seekers with an intentional focus on fostering and improving racial and gender equity. Representing a range of industry sectors, the STEM Careers Coalition seeks to prepare students for the future of work by providing equitable access to digital content and experiences that engage students in instruction, build foundational STEM knowledge, and develop the critical skills students need for college and career success.
“Engineering helps opens doors for students in every imaginable industry,” said Lori McFarling, President of Social Impact at Discovery Education. “In partnership with ASME, we are helping build equitable and engaging learning experiences for all while empowering students to be resilient and innovative STEM doers prepared to engineer their own dreams.”
Learn more about Engineering Dreams at www.engineeringdreamsinschool.