Early Education Focuses on Engineering

Early Education Focuses on Engineering

Supporters of educating school children in engineering say it can lead to better math and science skills, as well as improving critical thinking abilities. So it seems logical that such an education should begin early. But in elementary school? One New Jersey school is teaching school children about engineering. The hope is that it will better prepare U.S. kids to compete on a global level.

And, perhaps, make more money! Seven of the top ten best-paying college degrees are engineering degrees. The other three – Economics, physics and computer science – all rely on those enhanced math and science skills touted by supporters of teaching young kids engineering basics.

But not all people agree that this early exposure to engineering is what it seems to be. They don’t think it’s engineering that’s being taught to school kids, but rather science dressed up to make it seem more exciting. But several schools aside from the one in New Jersey, have incorporated “engineering” into the curriculum over the past few years. Congress is also considering legislation that will encourage engineering education in K-12 classrooms.

What do you think? Is early education in engineering necessary? And is it legit or just a bunch of hot air?