TitleThe Relevance of K-12 Engineering Curricula to NGSS: an Analysis of TeachEngineering-NGSS Alignments
Publication TypeConference Papers
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsReitsma, R, Samson, C, Soltys, M, Sullivan, J
Conference NameASEE 2015 Annual Conference
Date Published2015

The 2013 publication of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) provided the first widely adopted set of science standards to include engineering design throughout all K-12 grades. In doing so, NGSS raised the relevance of the K-12 engineering education sector on a national scale. The TeachEngineering digital library, representative of the K-12 engineering education sector through its collaboration of 36, mostly NSF-funded, K-12 engineering education programs across the US, recently aligned its 1,300+ K-12 engineering lessons and hands-on activities to the NGSS. This paper provides analysis of both the alignment process and its results. As such, we offer insight into the correspondence between the NGSS and a broad, collection of K-12 engineering learning objects and hence, into the mutual relevance of K-12 engineering curriculum and the NGSS. We also provide some recommendations for future K-12 engineering curriculum development.

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