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Beginning on July 1, 2018 the ITEEA Children's Council (CC) has a new name. It is now the Elementary STEM Council (ESC). The new name will better encompass the Council's purpose and what we aim to deliver. Our "look" and "name" have changed, but our purpose and mission are still the same. Our purpose is to promote technology and engineering education for the elementary schools. The mission of the Elementary STEM Council, formerly Children's Council of ITEEA, is to build a collaborative network of educators dedicated to the advancement of technological literacy at the elementary level.

In order to move forward, let's take a look at the past, Elementary School Technology Education (ESTE) has deep industrial arts roots in its history, giving credit to the works of Bonser and Mossman during the 1920s, Their philosophy of manual training was a pivotal point in the conception of industrial education. In that day it was common for elementary children to use tools and participate in manipulative activities resembling what we call "hands-on" or STEM education today.

The American Council for Elementary School Industrial Arts (ACESIA) was founded in 1962 as a council of the American Industrial Arts Association. During the 1960s and 1970s a popular general-education program, career education, fostered resurgence in popularity in the industrial arts profession, Mary-Margaret Scobey and Elizabeth Hunt were responsible for the formation and early success of ACESIA. The Elementary STEM Council offers an award opportunity called the Mary-Margaret Scobey award to a person who has demonstrated dedication to elementary school technology education on a sustained basis and has demonstrated a passion philosophically and through activities conducted on behalf of elementary children and teachers. For more information, please visit our webpage: CC.aspx.

Next, in 1987 ASECIA became the Technology Education for Children Council. During this time the focus became an "organized approach to provide children with individualized experiential learning and opportunities to develop interests and self-awareness" (Dreves, 1975). Technology Education for Children (T4C) became nationally recognized, garnering frequent citations of professional publications.

The introduction of the Technology and Children journal in 1997 was significant in raising awareness, not only as a community dedicated to furthering elementary level design, problem-solving, and STEM, as we know it today, but also to the Council as a whole.

In the last few years, the Council became TECC (Technology Education for Children Council) and then CC (Children's Council). With the debut of the Elementary STEM Council on July 1, 2018, we continue to endeavor to make an impact on the elementary teaching community. Our journal, Children's Technology and Engineering, has also undergone a name change to The Elementary STEM Journal. Training and education in improving the pedagogical process of STEM education for all elementary teachers is our goal. We hope you'll join us as we move forward.

Change is good, Charlotte P. Holter, Ed.D.


Dreves, F, (1975). Basic principles of technology for children. In New Jersey Department of Education, Technology for Children program description and learning episodes. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers State University.

Charlotte P. Holter, Ed.D., an elementary teacher for 30+ years, is currently a Gifted Education Specialist for Rockingham | County, VA. She is an adjunct professor for James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA and has been extensively involved with elementary STEM/Children's Engineering professional development for both preservice and inservice teachers. She has published elementary STEM Education materials for use in the classroom. Dr. Holter can be reached at
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Title Annotation:PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE: from the ITEEA Elementary STEM Council President
Author:Holter, Charlotte P.
Publication:Children's Technology and Engineering
Article Type:President's page
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 2018
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