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ERIC Number: EJ1045993
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 4
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Engineering Encounters: Blasting off with Engineering
Dare, Emily A.; Childs, Gregory T.; Cannaday, E. Ashley; Roehrig, Gillian H
Science and Children, v52 n3 p60-64 Nov 2014
What better way to engage young students in physical science concepts than to have them engineer flying toy rockets? The integration of engineering into science classrooms is advocated by the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS) and researchers alike (Brophy et al. 2008), as engineering provides: (1) A "real-world context" for learning science and mathematics; (2) A context for developing "problem-solving" skills; and (3) A context for the development of "communication skills and teamwork". The authors of this article designed a toy rocket unit that engaged fifth-grade students in an engineering design process that provided a venue for them to integrate engineering, physical science, and mathematics content. The abilities of these students ranged from those with special needs, assisted by classroom aides, to students from a gifted and talented program. This unit tapped into students' creativity in the hopes that they would understand science and engineering as creative endeavors (NRC 2012).
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 5
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A