ERIC Number: EJ1049344
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Reference Count: 10
Don't Just Cover the Engineering Design Process, Patent It!
Reed, Philip A.
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v73 n2 p16-20 Oct 2013
Learning about intellectual property can help students understand the process it takes to bring ideas to fruition. It is very important for technology and engineering students to learn early that technology is not just concrete processes and physical artifacts. Creativity is closely linked to technology and is vital in helping us address perceived needs and wants (ITEA/ ITEEA, 2000/2002/2007). Another important topic when discussing invention and innovation is the concept of intellectual property (IP). IP is defined as "creations of the mind-creative works or ideas embodied in a form that can be shared or can enable others to recreate, emulate, or manufacture them" (United States Patent and Trademark Office, 2012a). Learning about IP can help students understand the process it takes to bring ideas to fruition. Technology and engineering educators have used the engineering design process for years to help students solve problems and develop critical thinking skills. The engineering design process, however, should not be an end unto itself. Understanding the patent process, which is described in this article, strengthens interdisciplinary connections and technological literacy.
Descriptors: Engineering Technology, Engineering Education, Design, Intellectual Property, Technological Literacy, Ownership, Technology Education, Classification, Innovation, Creativity, Cognitive Processes, Classroom Techniques, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices
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