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ERIC Number: EJ1001697
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Just Right
Wendell, Kristen B.
Science and Children, v50 n4 p46-53 Dec 2012
Structural engineering can be a rich and exciting context for exploring and learning about the properties of materials. Even a structure as commonplace as a house requires careful consideration of important properties such as strength, stability, and insulation. As a former engineer and current elementary science teacher educator, the author has worked with many teachers and their students to integrate engineering design into their scientific investigations. In this article, the author describes the "Design a Model House" challenge and shares how she and teacher collaborators used it to help students learn to describe, select, and test materials to solve a problem. The challenge includes 10 sessions, and each takes about one hour to complete. It was created for third- through fifth-grade students but could be adapted for use with younger students. (Contains 8 figures, 3 tables and 1 online resource.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Grade 4; Grade 5
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A