The Art of the Future

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These are stories of high school students and teachers (and public and private partners acting through networks) to do “real world” scientific research and development (R&D) and engineering design. This is the new face of advanced technological education in America’s high schools and community colleges. Job profiles are provided by the National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education initiative.

  1. The “EcoSavers” from Clark Magnet High School are using submersible robotics to change what the city and world know about pollution in Los Angeles waterways.
  2. The Los Altos Academy of Engineering has transformed an old falling down school shop into a dot com-like operation, involving students from all over campus in their high tech auto, sailing, and robotic car sports competitions.
  3. At Denton Independent School District (ISD) in North Dallas, football is big, but the auto complex at the district recently overshadowed football with a “high school world record” in the 1/8th mile for 79 volt electric dragsters.
  4. The rocket boys and girls of the Texas Hill Country have launched a Red Bird Two rocket at Mach 2—twice the speed of sound.

In these examples, education connects theory, action, and social development—a shift from intervention to innovation.[1] Social development includes civil participation and advancing society through education, workforce, economic development, and scientific R&D in key areas such as energy, security, health, human development, and the environment.