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Technologies to Support Engineering Education

This entry describes technologies that support engineering education, such as 3D printing, computer-assisted design, electromechanical systems and instrumentation, and control systems. Engineering education is one of four disciplines within STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education. While science and mathematics are commonly regarded as core subjects in schools, engineering has had a less prominent role in K–12 education. However, engineering is increasingly used to teach science in context. This can increase students’ depth of understanding, allowing them to apply scientific knowledge to real-world contexts while providing them with useful workforce skills.

Engineering education involves construction and testing of physical products. Advances in rapid prototyping have facilitated this hands-on approach to engineering education. In industry, rapid prototyping involves use of manufacturing technologies that allow a model or ...

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