ERIC Number: EJ1063919
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Apr
Reference Count: 4
Ready, Aim, Fire Your Cannons!
Enderson, Mary C.
Teaching Children Mathematics, v21 n8 p502-506 Apr 2015
This article presents a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) activity, building an air cannon, in a mathematics classroom. It describes an investigation grounded in STEM concepts that elementary and middle school teachers carried out to think about ways of implementing STEM activities into their instruction. This particular activity has great potential for elementary school students in grades 3-5 in that it uses principles of science (force/energy), technology and engineering (building the air cannon), and mathematics (measurement and data). Such an activity can be worked into classroom instruction to "hit" on any one specific area or can be fully integrated to meet all STEM areas. One version of carrying out the air cannon investigation targets mathematics concepts specific to the elementary levels and is the focus of this article.
Descriptors: STEM Education, Mathematics Instruction, Experiential Learning, Elementary School Mathematics, Elementary School Students, Scientific Concepts, Measurement, Engineering, Learning Activities, Weapons, Hands on Science, Problem Solving, Inquiry, Mathematical Concepts, Design
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Education
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