Pre-Engineering for New Jersey Schools

NJIT's Center for Pre-College Programs is developing an engineering curriculum for middle and high school students in the state's public schools.

Teachers from across New Jersey are participating in NJIT-sponsored workshops and web-based courses designed to help them incorporate a pre-engineering curriculum into the state's middle and high schools. These activities are part of the Pre-Engineering Instructional and Outreach Program (PrE-IOP), a collaboration of the Newark College of Engineering (NCE) and the Center for Pre-College Programs, created to enlarge the future pool of qualified high-tech workers, including those who have been historically underrepresented (minorities and women). Joel Bloom, vice president for academic and student services and dean of the Albert Dorman Honors College, Howard Kimmel, assistant vice-president, pre-college, and Ronald Rockland, associate dean of NCE, are leading the initiative with a $2.5 million High-Tech Workforce Excellence Grant from the New Jersey Commission on Higher Education.

The team has developed integrated curriculum modules (ICMs) designed to enhance students' understanding of laws of science through their understanding of how technological objects and systems work. Teachers who attended summer institutes on the ICMs now have a continuous online support and communication tool system. PrE-IOP also sponsors a comprehensive information campaign aimed at students, teachers and parents that includes faculty visits to schools and dissemination of outreach materials over the web.