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Democratizing Engineering for Every High School Student

March 16, 2022

One of the greatest and most enduring strengths of the United States has been its ability to attract global talent in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to bolster its economic and technological competitiveness. To this end, the White House recently announced new actions and pathways for international STEM scholars, students, researchers, and experts to contribute to innovation and job creation efforts across the United States. But it is also crucial to recognize the importance of increasing and training the domestic workforce of scientists—especially engineers. The nation’s current STEM shortages within research, development, and innovation communities cannot be addressed solely by attracting more global talent...

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Local high school’s pre-engineering program will be highlighted in NASA national outreach event

Jan 13, 2022

Engineering design projects by Brentwood High School students will be highlighted Jan. 26, 2022, during a NASA-University of Virgin Islands Educator Outreach Event. The weeklong collaboration between UVI and NASA to provide engaging STEM educational programming includes participation by Engineering for US All (e4usa), a national initiative designed to introduce engineering design principles to students in grades 9 through 12. Wednesday, Jan. 26, is dedicated to e4usa national pre-engineering outreach programming. Sessions that day will highlight three e4usa schools. Two of the schools are in the Virgin Islands. Brentwood High School, a public school near Nashville and located in Brentwood, Tennessee, will present during the 11 a.m. CT slot.

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e4usa, an NSF-funded program that makes engineering more accessible to high school students and educators

Nov 8, 2021

Stacy Klein-Gardner, adjunct professor of the practice of biomedical engineering, serves as co-director and co-PI for e4usa. University of Maryland President Darryll J. Pines is the program’s principal investigator and was instrumental in launching e4usa in 2018 while serving as dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering. “e4usa seeks to democratize and demystify engineering. I am delighted to be doing this not only nationally, but also in Vanderbilt’s backyard at three MNPS schools and Williamson County’s Brentwood High School where I serve as their university liaison and attend class weekly,” Klein-Gardner said.

Christel House Watanabe High School Joins e4usa

Christel House Watanabe High School Joins e4usa

Oct 11, 2021

This year, e4usa has reached over 1,500+ students, including numerous seniors who plan to study engineering and have been accepted to colleges like Georgia Institute of Technology, Drexel University, Tennessee Tech, University of Tennessee Knoxville, University of Central Florida, University of Maryland, University of Alabama, New Mexico Tech, and Colorado School of Mines. As a new e4usa high school partner, Christel House Watanabe HS will help e4usa reach over 2,000 students in the 2021-2022 academic year.

New funding from the National Science Foundation will expand the reach of Engineering for US All, a program to make engineering accessible in high school launched by UMD President Darryll J. Pines in 2018.

NSF Awards UMD, Partners $4M to Expand National High School Engineering Program

Sep 1, 2021

The University of Maryland and partner institutions will receive $4 million over the next three years to broaden the impact of Engineering for US All (e4usa), a National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded program that makes engineering more accessible to high school students and educators.

e4usa provides an educational curriculum for students to learn and demonstrate engineering principles, skills and practices while training educators interested in teaching. University of Maryland President Darryll J. Pines is the program’s principal investigator and was instrumental in launching e4usa in 2018 while serving as dean of the A. James Clark School of Engineering.

Avery Allenburg, Andrew Hicks and Matt Norman collect water boiling from their portable water filter as part of an “Engineering for Us All” assignment at Catholic High School, Wednesday, Dec. 16. (Photo/Wendy Klesch)

CHS Students Getting Hands-on Engineering Experience

Jan 26, 2021

In a new course offered this academic year at Catholic High School, Virginia Beach, it’s the students who are doing the testing. “Engineering for US All,” a national pilot program developed by the University of Maryland, aims to teach students the principles of engineering by allowing them to put them into practice.“The course is almost exclusively project- based,” said CHS physics instructor William Silkman, a retired Naval engineer.

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Revealing The World of Engineering to Young Minds

Jan 11, 2021

The ASU collaboration with e4usa started with a discussion at an American Society for Engineering Education conference between an NSF program manager, Pines and Professor Ann McKenna, who is the Fulton Schools vice dean of strategic advancement. They agreed to leverage ASU’s strengths and combine efforts to advance a proposal effort around e4usa. NSF funding was awarded in 2018.

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TSU, Vanderbilt partner with national initiative to bring engineering to Tennessee high schools

July, 7, 2020

Under the initiative, TSU’s College of Engineering will work with students at Stratford STEM Magnet High School in a curriculum that introduces basic principles of engineering, and allows students to design and build projects through a hands-on learning experience. For the last eight years, the TSU College of Engineering has been working with Stratford in many other precollege engineering programs.

Vanderbilt partners with NSF’s e4usa to bring engineering to Tennessee high schools

June 11, 2020

Vanderbilt University was among five universities to initiate the program last fall when e4usa launched in high schools across the country. Vanderbilt, Arizona State University, University of Maryland, Morgan State University and Virginia Tech partnered with high schools in their states to enroll students in e4usa’s free, design-based introductory engineering course. 

UNM Partners with Sandia Prep High School to Join e4usa

May 25, 2020

The University of New Mexico has recently signed on as a member of Engineering for US All (e4usa), which is a National Science Foundation-funded pilot program to bring engineering courses to high schools. UNM’s School of Engineering will partner with Sandia Prep High School in Albuquerque and Mescalero Apache High School in Mescalero, N.M., to bring design-based introductory engineering courses to students. The partnership will launch in fall 2020.

e4usa Students Help with COVID-19 Pandemic

May 15, 2020

When Dr. Amanda Berrang needed some PPE shields during the COVID-19 pandemic, BGCCA had to design a shield to fit the optical exam equipment instead of Dr. Amanda's head. Thanks to Kayla Cantrell's Engineering Class and our partners at Buchanan County Career Technology and Higher Learning Center, BGCCA was able to fit all of Virginia Eye Care Clinic's exam room equipment with protective shields.

e4usa Students Design Accessible Learning Tool

Feb 12, 2020

When teachers in the Life Skills class at Whitemarsh Elementary School needed some help to make a tool more accessible for one of their students, they turned to Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS). The team needed a keyguard for a communication device to help Jamir isolate and select words on an iPad.

PWHS Partners with Virginia Tech to Pilot New Engineering Class

Sept 4, 2019

In June, Plymouth Whitemarsh High School (PWHS) Science Teacher Jim Muscarella attended the American Society of Engineering Education conference in Tampa to present on the PWHS engineering curriculum that's been more than a dozen years in the making. However, Mr. Muscarella had a higher goal in mind and left Florida as a key member of an exclusive pilot program working to establish national standardized high school courses in engineering through an initiative called e4usa (Engineering for US All). 

Consensus for First-of-its-Kind Pre-College Engineering Course

Jan 16, 2019

In a sustained effort to further Engineering for US All (e4usa), a pilot program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and led by the University of Maryland (UMD), approximately 140 representatives from more than 100 high schools, colleges, and universities convened at the e4usa Engineering Curriculum Workshop in College Park, Maryland, December 10–12. The workshop provided an opportunity for preschool through 12th grade (P–12) engineering education stakeholders to partner with the e4usa team to develop the first national standardized high school course in engineering.

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UMD to Lead Milestone NSF High School Engineering Pilot Course

Oct 1, 2018

With a nearly $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the University of Maryland will lead a first-of-its-kind nationwide pre-college course on engineering principles and design. The pilot program, entitled Engineering for US All (e4usa), will test the effectiveness of a standardized educational curriculum across multiple states. The course is intended to lead to an eventual pathway for high school students to earn college credit.