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NSF Funded Projects: Perspectives of Project Leaders

NSF Funded Projects: Perspectives of Project Leaders

The potential for significant grants for technology education in the United States has increased in recent years. In addition to state agencies, federal agencies such as NASA, the National Science Foundation (NSF) 1 and the United States Office of Education (USOE) have begun to fund technology education. Also, private foundations such as the Technical Foundation of America (TFA) and companies such as the AutoDesk Foundation have also issued requests for proposals (RFP) to enhance technology education. This momentum will no doubt continue. The advocacy for a more technologically literate society is being championed by prestigious agencies, organizations, and associations. For example, the NSF and NASA have not only funded the development of Technology for All Americans: A Rationale and Structure for the Study of Technology (1996), but also the development of K-12 content standards for technology education which were released in April 2000. The National Academy of Sciences (NAS), the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), and the National Research Council (NRC) have launched initiatives to make the case for technological literacy for all Americans. Furthermore, the American...

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