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ERIC Number: EJ1049205
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-2158-0502
Making Recycled Paper: An Engineering Design Challenge
Song, Ting; Becker, Kurt
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v73 n2 p30-34 Oct 2013
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educators are facing the challenge of attracting more students. The disparity between the need for engineers and the enrollment of engineering students is growing (Genalo, Bruning, & Adams, 2000), and career aspirations of high school students are inconsistent with the employment projections for engineering-related careers (Sanoff, 2001). One solution to this problem is to infuse engineering content into K-12 curriculum. The curriculum unit presented in this article introduces middle school students to basic engineering concepts, i.e., the engineering design process, through an activity of making recycled paper. Hands-on activities and classroom presentations are combined, and the process of engineering design and mathematical analysis is presented in a real-world context.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A