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ADOPT-A-SCHOOL PROGRAM SEEKS CORPORATE DONORS TO HELP INTRODUCE KIDS TO ENGINEERING - January 12, 2010


ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ, January 12—Trilogy Publications announces a new program to help boost technological literacy and introduce engineering to upper elementary school students through a colorful 28-page book, Those Amazing Engineers. In its Adopt-a-School program Trilogy is seeking private donors to purchase the book and accompanying teachers’ guide, and provide them free of charge to support activities within the classroom.

K-12 engineering education is vitally important. The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the National Research Council claim it has the potential to improve student learning and achievement in science and mathematics, increase awareness of what engineers do and of engineering as a potential career. A 2009 report by the two organizations stresses that engineering is a profession critical to retaining U.S. competitiveness in the global economy.

Those Amazing Engineers, an engaging, lively, and fun to read book, is an ideal way to introduce kids to the marvelous things engineers can do. With more than 70,000 copies in print, Those Amazing Engineers has been well reviewed and is already part of classroom activities in some schools. The book also has been widely used in outreach programs of corporations, organizations and universities. Under its Adopt-a-School program Trilogy will now match private donors with schools interested in receiving the book.

“The Adopt-a-School program is a systematic way to get the books into classrooms,” says Rose Reichman, a partner in Trilogy Publications, “and is an appropriate public service activity that not only engineering firms and associations can support, but any company that’s interested in a technologically skilled workforce—whether its involved in construction, computers, electronics, pharmaceuticals, aerospace or manufacturing. Our program dovetails nicely with the new White House “Educate to Innovate” directive encouraging the private sector to initiate activities outside the classroom.”

“Those Amazing Engineers opens up the world of engineering to our youth and makes accessible to them a profession of great importance and creativity by illustrating how it affects every aspect of our lives, says Hannah O’Grady, vice president of the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York. “As an advocate for the profession, we commend this effort and believe it will influence a new generation of engineers.”

Corporations and organizations interested in the Adopt-a-School program can find information at www.trilogypublications.com or by calling 201-816-1211.