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ERIC Number: EJ1041899
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
iSTEM: Tinkering with Buoyancy
Lee, Mi Yeon
Teaching Children Mathematics, v20 n9 p574-578 May 2014
In the technology-rich twenty-first century, students are required to actively construct their knowledge and collaboratively engage in problem solving by using such skills as adaptability, communication, self-management, and systematic thinking. In accordance with this necessity, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education has recently been in the spotlight. The project-based unit described in this article supports STEM education for students in upper elementary or middle school. The major elements of the unit include the driving questions for the beginning of the project, specific pedagogies during the project, and guidelines for the final product. The goal of the project this month is for students to design and build a tinfoil boat that is capable of carrying the maximum weight with the least expense, learning the scientific concept of buoyancy; incorporating the technological tool of TinkerPlots; applying engineering principles to designing and building a boat; and using mathematical knowledge of area, graphs, and data analysis. Integrating Science Technology Engineering in Mathematics (iSTEM) is the venue for ideas and activities that stimulate student interest in these integrated fields in K-grade 6 classrooms.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1502. Tel: 800-235-7566; Tel: 703-620-3702; Fax: 703-476-2970; e-mail: orders@nctm.org; Web site: http://www.nctm.org/publications/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 1; Grade 2; Grade 3; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 6; Grade 5
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A