Making the Connection includes a Presenter's Guide, Activities, Newsletters and a CD of hands-on activities. All materials in addition to the CD of hands-on activities are available for purchase in the publications store. The Presenter's Guide, Activities, and Newsletters can be downloaded in a PDF format here.
Making the Connection addresses the issue of the lack of information available to elementary and secondary school students and their teachers about engineering. A series of 3 modules, a presenter's guide, and a follow-up newsletter were developed by experts for 5 educational levels including: middle elementary, upper elementary, middle school, early high school and late high school.
Students and teachers in grades 3-12 participated in experiments, games and other activities designed to:
- highlight the contributions engineers make to improve the quality of our lives
- dispel stereotypes of engineering as a field for "white males"
- make the connection between students' math and science courses and engineering
- explore the skills and interests needed to become an engineer
Primarily women engineers and women engineering students, served as positive role models to both male and female students, present ed the modules. Twelve universities throughout the US participating in field testing, evaluating and disseminating the curriculum to about 7000 students. The student pool was comprised of approximately 70% female and 50% male and female under-represented minorities. Funded by the Lucent Technologies Foundation,
January 4, 2000
Project Aims to Solve Engineers' Image Problem