ERIC Number: EJ1063866
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Reference Count: 5
Engineering Design Challenge
Wheeler, Lindsay B.; Whitworth, Brooke A.; Gonczi, Amanda L.
Science Teacher, v81 n9 p30-36 Dec 2014
The number of students majoring in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) is declining due in part to a lack of student interest (Fairweather 2008; NRC 2012; PCAST 2010). One reason may be the difference between how science is done in school and how it is done in the field (Osborne, Simon, and Collins 2003). An interdisciplinary approach that incorporates engineering design with the practical applications of science, however, may help spark student interest in STEM subjects. This article describes an engineering design challenge in which students design and build an electrochemical (voltaic) cell with a motor and fan to help them observe the cell's energy production.
Descriptors: Engineering Technology, Student Interests, Science Interests, STEM Education, Program Descriptions, Chemistry, Energy Education, Power Technology, Scientific Methodology, Scientific Research, Design Requirements, Science Course Improvement Projects, Active Learning, Student Projects, Teaching Methods, Educational Practices
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