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Local ASQ Chapter Offers Engineers to Area Schools


In recognition of National Engineers Week coming up on February 14-20, the local chapter of ASQ (American Society for Quality) in your city is inviting area middle and high school teachers to bring an ASQ engineer into their classroom to promote engineering as a career.

Parents and educators can contact ASQ at 800-935-2231 to find an engineer volunteer in their area to speak to students.  We're hoping you can include a mention of this and I'm happy to provide more local information.

Science Teachers Get Mixed Reviews in Survey
The inspiration to deploy engineers to the classroom was sparked by the results of a recent ASQ/Harris Interactive® survey. Asked what they thought of their science teachers, youth* give U.S. K-12 teachers high marks for science smarts, but their grade drops significantly when it comes to connecting learning to STEM career options.

The survey shows 63 percent of youth say their teachers are not doing a good job of talking to them about engineering careers, and 42 percent feel their teachers aren't good at showing them how science can be used in a career. The survey was aimed at uncovering how well teachers translate their knowledge and passion for science to getting kids excited about engineering and science careers.

In a separate ASQ survey fielded last year, professional engineers noted that teachers were a major influence in their decision to pursue the career, only slightly behind parents. The latest survey, fielded in December, asked 1,134 students in grades 3-12 to provide an A-F scaled report card on their science teachers' skills in the classroom:

?Eighty-five percent of students say their teachers deserve at least a "B" grade when it comes to knowledge about science topics with 55 percent giving them an "A."

?Nearly one third of students give their teachers a "C" or lower grade for making science more exciting and fun to learn and assigning fun hands-on projects in the classroom.

?Younger students (3-6 grades) rate their science teachers higher marks for making science exciting and hands-on than older students (7-12 grades) rate their science teachers.

Girls Give Lower Marks for Engineering Encouragement

When teachers do promote engineering and science careers, they are doing it more with boys than girls.

?Girls (20 percent) are more likely than boys (12 percent) to give teachers a failing "F" grade for discussing engineering as a future career. Forty-eight percent of girls give a C or lower grade for showing how science can be used in a future career, compared to 38 percent for boys.

?Eight in 10 students in grades 3-12 (80 percent) give their teachers at least a "B" for allocating equal attention to boys and girls in science class and half (50 percent) give them an "A."
Math/Science = Career Success?

?Seventy-two percent of students in grades 3-12 think a person needs to do well in science and math to get a good paying job in the future.

?As students get older (grades 7-12) however, they are less likely to believe that science and math are necessary to getting a good paying job.

About the Survey

Harris Interactive fielded the online youth survey on behalf of ASQ December 16-28, 2009, among 1,269 U.S. youth ages 8-17. These online surveys are not based on probability samples and therefore no estimates of theoretical sampling error can be calculated; a full methodology statement for both studies is available.

About ASQ
ASQ, (American Society for Quality) www.asq.org, has been the world's leading authority on quality for more than 60 years. With more than 85,000 individual and organizational members, the professional association advances learning, quality improvement and knowledge exchange to improve business results and to create better workplaces and communities worldwide.
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