programs, they are reducing the options available to students (WEBSITE Senecal, September 2003).
Trends Of Engineering Concepts in Schools
The past trend was that technology and engineering courses were taught separatel. However, at the June 1992 Symposium on Critical Issues in Technology Education, a group of leaders reviewed the technology field. One major question that they addressed was “How do we gain broad based recognition and societal support in the curriculum. What needs to be accomplished to secure a foundation for the field?” (Bensen, 1992, p. 2). This group of professionals concluded that in fact engineering and technology should not be two separate fields of study. They should be combined to form a single discipline. “Society makes references to engineering and technology in the same connotation and there are multiple levels and types of education and human endevores within this board and dynamic field of study” (Bensen, 1992, p. 2). The Project Lead the Way program has been adopted by some districts to meet this new goal.