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ASEE Honors Museum of Science, National Center for Technological Literacy

July 22, 2014

In June the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) presented its "President's Award" to Museum of Science, Boston president and director Ioannis Miaoulis and the Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®). ASEE president Kenneth Galloway made the presentation at the organization's annual conference in Indianapolis before 2,200 engineering faculty and deans, K-12 educators, and representatives from industry, government, and professional groups.

At the meeting -- the only national conference for engineering educators across all disciplines -- former Indiana governor and current Purdue president Mitch Daniels and Miaoulis addressed engineering education and its importance nationwide.

The first time a museum has been so honored, this award recognizes entities that encourage K-12 students to pursue engineering careers and/or influence public opinion and create recognition of the critical role that engineering plays in today's technology-driven society.

"For years, Ioannis has been a leader in advancing informal science and engineering education," said Galloway. He has remarkable insight into young people and how to make engineering 'come alive.' The NCTL, in a relatively short period, has exposed millions of students to engineering concepts, broadening their education and likely encouraging many of them to consider an engineering career."

"I am deeply honored as an educator and engineer that the American Society for Engineering Education has recognized the Museum and the NCTL. People thought we were crazy to introduce engineering as a new discipline in schools nationwide," said Miaoulis.

Miaoulis, a former dean of Tufts School of Engineering, said that the Museum's vice president Christine Cunningham, an ASEE Fellow, introduced the first eight teachers and 200 students to the NCTL's Engineering is Elementary® in 2004. NCTL curricula have reached an estimated 76,700 teachers and 6.17 million students in 50 states. The Museum has promoted engineering to over 3 million people via its Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination exhibition, created with Lucasfilm Ltd. Its Museum-based Design Challenges have engaged more than 500,000 young visitors in engineering design.

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