Pearson Education Publishes Groundbreaking High School Curricula

First-of-Its-Kind Textbook Rounds Out Multimedia Engineering Teaching Suite

Prentice Hall, a business of Pearson plc (NYSE: PSO), announces the publication of the preliminary version of Multimedia and Information Engineering, a key component of the Infinity ProjectSM, an innovative engineering education program developed jointly by Southern Methodist University and Texas Instruments.

Supported in part by the National Science Foundation, The Infinity Project is among the first in the country to help school districts incorporate state-of-the-art engineering and advanced technology into high school curricula. The program is designed to help students understand the real-world relevance of engineering, science and math, and to expose them to high-tech career opportunities. In addition to the Multimedia and Information Engineering textbook, the Infinity Project includes professional development for high school math and science teachers, and an integrated-multimedia hardware and software system designed to convert standard personal computers into user-friendly modern engineering design environments.

The Infinity Project curriculum can be used for a yearlong engineering class offered to sophomores, juniors or seniors who have completed Algebra II and one science course. In Dallas, Texas’ Sunset High School, students are playing a key role in piloting the Infinity Project. Students start with an overview of engineering and the scientific method, continue with hands-on activities using the “Infinity Technology Kit,” and experience the full range of visualizing, designing, and testing of modern technology. “The Infinity Project is breaking new ground here,” said teacher Sue Kile of Dallas, Texas’ Sunset High School. “It’s gratifying to see students build on technology fundamentals in a meaningful way. I particularly like the audio, video and graphics that enhance the lab exercises for all of us.”

Forty high schools in nine states are currently participating in the Infinity Project through the 2001-2002 school year, and the program is expanding to 140 schools throughout the nation next year.
Published by Prentice Hall’s Engineering, Science and Mathematics division, Multimedia and Information Engineering was developed by some of the country's leading university engineering instructors in cooperation with K-12 education experts. Curriculum designers and advisors include five past presidents of international engineering technical societies, two deans of engineering schools and two engineering university department heads.

“All the components of the Infinity Project have been designed to work together to engage students and create a dynamic learning environment,” said Tom Robbins, Prentice Hall Publisher, Engineering Division. “The Infinity Project is testament to our belief that given the right teachers and tools, high school students can become the country’s technological future.”

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