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ADOPT-A-SCHOOL PROGRAM OFFERS FREE BOOKS TO INTRODUCE KIDS TO ENGINEERING - January 12, 2010


ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ, January 12—Trilogy Publications announces a new program that introduces engineering to upper elementary school students in the classroom through Those Amazing Engineers, a colorful 28-page book, donated by private corporations and associations. Teachers nationwide can now order free books and a teacher’s guide for their classes.

The program matches corporate donors with schools interested in receiving Those Amazing Engineers, an engaging, lively, and fun to read book that introduces 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 and educational programs of corporations, organizations and universities.

In a pilot Adopt-a-School program, the Quinsigamond School in Worcester MA received 400 books from Weidlinger Associates, an international consulting engineering firm. The books were integrated into the school curriculum. “The books were used in fifth and sixth grades, during guided reading lessons,” reports Qiunsigamond School principal Debbie Mitchell. “Students and teachers alike responded to the book’s humor and colorful examples of what engineers do. In fact, this year I'm going to use the book with staff during professional development, as an excellent example of non-fiction text, to support teachers in their instruction of students.”

K-12 engineering education is vital to today’s students. 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, and boost students’ technological literacy. A 2009 report by the two organizations stresses that engineering is a profession critical to retaining U.S. competitiveness in the global economy.

Dovetailing with the new White House campaign, “Educate to Innovate,” which encourages the private sector to initiate activities outside the classroom, Trilogy’s Adopt-a-School program promotes private sector activities within the classroom.

Teachers and schools can sign up to receive free copies of Those Amazing Engineers for their students and get more information on the book, the teacher’s guide and the Adopt-a-School program at www.trilogypublications.com or by calling 201-816-1211.