First Students Graduate In National High School Engineering Program - Civil Engineering

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A national program designed to introduce high school students to engineering and prepare them to pursue careers in the field has seen its first class graduate. Nearly 500 students from the dozens of schools across the United States participating in the Academy of Engineering (AOE) program met the requirements for graduation. The National Academy Foundation, an organization dedicated to preparing students for college and career success, launched the AOE in 2007. The foundation developed the initiative in collaboration with Project Lead the Way, Inc., a provider of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) educational programs, and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering, an organization devoted to increasing the number of students from minority groups who choose to pursue STEM careers. Sixty-two AOE groups engaged and challenged more than 11,000 students around the country during the 2011–12 academic year. As of the spring of 2012, 71 percent of those students were from low- or moderate-income families, 78 percent were members of underrepresented minority groups, and 30 percent were females.

Along with partner organizations, the National Academy Foundation offers AOE groups a selection of rigorous curricula dealing with engineering principles, robotics, architecture, construction, manufacturing, alternative energy, aerospace engineering, biotechnical engineering, and computer-aided manufacturing. Students are also exposed to a series of realworld learning experiences in and out of the classroom, for example, job shadowing, mock interviews, résumé- writing workshops, and internships. More information is available at naf.org.

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