ERIC Number: ED334407
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
An Overview of Mission 21. A Program Designed To Assist Teachers in Integrating Technology into Their Present Curriculum through a Problem-Solving Approach. Grades 1 through 6.
Brusic, Sharon A.; And Others
This booklet presents an overview of Mission 21, a project that promotes technological literacy in the elementary school classroom. Funded since 1985, Mission 21 has enabled graduate research associates and Virginia teachers to write and field test a technology education program for children in grades 1 through 6. Over 30 elementary teachers in 11 school systems have participated in field testing materials that integrate technology concepts into their present curriculum. Guide activities emphasize creativity using a problem-solving approach to learning. Activities for each grade level are as follows: (1) grades 1 and 2--transportation, explore, design, and space; (2) grades 3 and 4--machines, discovery, community, and connections; and (3) grades 5 and 6--communication, space colonization, invention, and energy/matter. Problem-solving models for grades 3-4 and 5-6 are included. The use of design briefs by students to examine a situation and act upon the problem is explained. Folios to document progress in the problem-solving process are described. Folios can be formatted in journal, chronology, or display formats. A list of regional program officers is included in the document. (NLA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Virginia Polytechnic Inst. and State Univ., Blacksburg.
Identifiers: Mission 21 VA; Technology Education