Today students must be trained in 21ST Century Skills that enable them to successfully live and work in our global society. Essential 21st Century Skills often include those related to problem-solving, communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity. But how can students learn these skills? One method is through utilizing the “engineering design process” that allows student to become “innovators” who can create new methods or products. The engineering design process is an iterative problem-solving approach that is promoted as an essential practice to be taught in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education. This presentation will show how the engineering design process can be used to teach innovation in P-12 Education.
Dr. Edward M. Reeve is currently (2017-2018) serving as the President of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Education Association (ITEEA – www.iteea.org ). He is a professor and teacher educator in the area of Technology and Engineering Education (TEE) in the School of Applied Sciences, Technology and Education at Utah State University (USU), and is also serving as an interim vice provost at USU. He has been at USU since 1987 where he has worked to advance knowledge in the fields of Technology and Engineering Education and Career and Technical Education (CTE). His professional interests, research, and numerous publications and presentations have been in areas related to educational standards, curriculum development in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, competency-based education, improving teaching and learning, and internationalizing the curriculum.