Abstract: Although humans make the majority of the objects we interact with and use during our day-to-day lives, the current school curriculum focuses very little on how our human-made, or designed world, is made. Pens, cars, pills, buildings are all technologies and the results of the engineering design process. Most educators claim that science is the discipline that teaches children about the world around them. However science curricula focus only on the natural world which constitutes only a minor part of our day to day life. Children spend enormous amounts of time learning things that are totally irrelevant to their lives and become adults who are technologically illiterate.
Dr. Ioannis (Yannis) Miaoulis, President and Director of the Museum of Science in Boston discusses how our educational system has missed the point and talk about a major initiative to introduce the human made world and engineering in schools nationwide. Dr. Miaoulis championed the introduction of engineering into the Massachusetts science and technology public school curriculum making it the first state in the nation in 2001 to develop a K-12 curriculum framework and assessments for technology/engineering. Thanks to his vision at the Museum we are witnessing leaders from government, industry and education coming together to foster scientific and technological literacy for everyone.