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Civil Engineering Education Begins Early

Craig Fields | with 0 Comments

Civil Engineering Education Begins Early

Engineering has been an increasingly popular college major over the last decade. According to a report by the American Society for Engineering Education, the number of civil engineering degrees awarded increased from 8,192 in 2003 to 12,309 in 2012. To what can these steady increases be attributed?
All around the country, K-12 teachers have been taking to civil engineering for its benefits in the classroom. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), teachers are bringing civil engineering to the classroom because it challenges students to engage in creative problem solving, teamwork and hands-on learning. Some teachers have even joined programs, such as Project Lead the Way, to include an engineering-oriented curriculum in their schools. By giving students assignments like redesigning their desks and then having the students create and use the desks, teachers are giving them experience they cannot learn from a textbook.
The introduction of civil engineering after-school groups has been attracting students as well, according to ASCE. These groups promote the field through activities such as building miniature bridges and designing cities. Students are then able to show off and test their creations in front of family, mentors and school faculty.
Students wanting to study civil engineering in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa have some great programs from which to choose, including the University of Wisconsin-Madison, UW-Platteville, University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota-Duluth, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Iowa State University, University of Iowa and Michigan Tech.
MSA supports K-12 education by bringing real-world experiences to the classroom.  See our recent blog post from Stephanie Brown’s experience of developing ‘The Next Generation of Planners’ at the Jr. High in Bloomington, Illinois.  For more information on bringing engineering to your classroom, contact Craig Fields, PHR.

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