Announcing the Winner of the
2009 Premier Curriculum Award for K-12 Engineering

2009 award winners Susan Powers (left) and Jan DeWaters (right) of Clarkson University.
Congratulations to Susan Powers and Jan DeWaters of Clarkson University, for their original middle school curricular unit entitled, Energy Systems and Solutions.

In this unit, students explore energy production and consumption issues from everyday life, learning about our nation's energy situation and basic energy and physics concepts. Through engaging activities and the engineering problem solving approach, students apply what they've learned to a real-life project that reduces fossil fuel use. The curriculum is based on work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant nos. DUE-0428127 and DGE-0338216, from the NSF GK-12 and Distinguished Teaching Scholars programs.

Click here to link to the 8 lesson / 17 activity unit on TeachEngineering
Click here for press release (PDF)
Click here to see photos from the award ceremony

Congratulations to our top finalists:

Terry Carter for his seventh-grade Laser Light Properties: Protecting the Mummified Troll! unit. Terry is a technology and math middle school teacher who created this curriculum through the Vanderbilt University Research Experiences for Teachers Program in Nashville, TN.

Travis M. Doll for his eighth-grade Sound Booth Construction activity. Travis is a graduate student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department who created this activity as part of Drexel University's NSF GK-12 Program, in Philadelphia, PA.

Please consider submitting for the 2011 award.

Premier Curriculum Award for K-12 Engineering

  • Do you believe that engineering design helps harness the imagination and creativity of youngsters?
  • Have you developed curriculum to teach engineering to K-12 students?
  • Have you found a way that makes your pre-college students "get" science or math concepts by learning through hands-on, real-world engineering?

    Announcing the Premier Award for K-12 Engineering Curriculum - a biennial international award recognizing creation of outstanding K-12 engineering curriculum.

    Submit your original and creative high-quality, classroom-tested engineering lessons and activities. Winning curriculum must be made available, free of charge, to all teachers and students through the Engineering Pathway and the TeachEngineering digital libraries.


    Curriculum Submission Requirements

    Submission Cover Letter
    Prepare a cover letter that includes the following information:

    Review Criteria


    Submission Process
    1. Prepare your original curriculum, taking into consideration the eligibility, submission requirements and review criteria described above.
    2. Complete a cover letter that includes the information listed above.
    3. By October 15, 2008, email the letter and curriculum (in MS Word or Adobe PDF format) to the award submission coordinator.
    4. By November 17, 2008, four finalists are selected and notified. 
    5. By January 16, 2009, finalists must convert their curricula into the appropriate TeachEngineering template(s).
    6. By February 28, 2009, winner is selected and notified.

    Please direct any questions to the award coordinator.

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