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New Videos Bring Engineering to Life in time for National Engineers Week February 19-25

January 11, 2012

Depressed about declining test scores and the waning motivation of young people to grapple with Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)?

You're in luck.

The Museum of Science's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) teamed up with Northeastern University, Boston Public Schools, and award-winning filmmakers to produce two new videos designed to help spark STEM engagement in high school classrooms nationwide through participation in hands-on, minds-on engineering design challenges. The videos will be available on DVD just in time for National Engineers Week February 19 - 25, 2012.

The ten-minute film for students, InvenTeens: A High School Engineering Design Challenge, tells the true story of a winsome group of Virginia teens who tackle their classroom nemesis -- the typical half-desk/chair combo -- as an engineering design challenge, and take their ingenious solution all the way to the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeams™ EurekaFest. Produced by Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Lawrence Klein (Building Big, Why the Towers Fell) and featuring art by best-selling author-illustrator David Macaulay, InvenTeens gives the engineering design process a spiffy, light-hearted YouTube-style makeover.

Klein also produced Hands-On, Minds-On: Bringing Engineering Design to High School Classrooms, a rich story-driven half-hour film about five Massachusetts high school teachers who find creative ways of integrating engineering design projects into a variety of high school STEM classrooms in urban, rural, vocational-technical, and special needs settings. Museum vice president for advocacy and educational partnerships, Yvonne Spicer, provides insight into the many ways teachers can energize students about STEM learning, integrating science, math, and other core subjects through hands-on, minds-on, real-world engineering design challenges.

The films were conceived and overseen by Museum of Science executive producer Carol Lynn Alpert, MOS director of strategic projects, with funding from the National Science Foundation's ITEST program through a subaward from Northeastern University.

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