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ERIC Number: EJ1063426
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: EISSN-1557-5284
Inquiry-Based Pre-Engineering Activities for K-4 Students
Perrin, Michele
Journal of STEM Education: Innovations and Research, v5 n3-4 p29-34 Jul-Dec 2004
This paper uses inquiry-based learning to introduce primary students to the concepts and terminology found in four introductory engineering courses: Differential Equations, Circuit Analysis, Thermodynamics, and Dynamics. Simple electronic sensors coupled with everyday objects, such as a troll doll, demonstrate and reinforce the physical principles of motion, light, heat, and electricity through hands-on manipulation, data collection, and graphical analysis. This computerized method shields young students from complex mathematics allowing them to focus on engineering principles and applications. By introducing such concepts at an early age, these activities provide a foundation for science appreciation and a basis for success in college.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A