Trends in Pre-College Engineering and Technology Education and the Pequeños Científicos Program
This article consists of describing the Pequeños Científicos program (literally translated as 'little scientists' program) led by an initiative at the School of Engineering at Universidad de los Andes and defines the program's goals to promote scientific and technological literacy. This article stresses the role that Science and Engineering Schools can play in the development of scientific literacy in K-12 education, and makes a stand for the importance of the ability to inquire, when learned from an early age, in the development of critical thinking and civic participation. In the Colombian context, the Pequeños Científicos program emerges as a partnership between Science and Engineering schools (at both college and graduate level), K-6 science teachers, institutions, science academies and museums that are devoted to children's education. Strategies of teacher training, evaluation, community relationships and the development of materials are discussed.
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