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ERIC Number: EJ1100000
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
Designing an Amusement Park Ride
Kurz, Terri L.; Robles, Rolando
Teaching Children Mathematics, v22 n9 p564-566 May 2016
To improve access to STEM curriculum, an activity was planned that presents the opportunity to design and build using gears and other tools. In this challenge, preservice elementary school teachers were asked to mathematically analyze gears and create an amusement park ride that uses gears to spin. Although this lesson was implemented with preservice teachers, it was designed to embed elementary school curriculum within the context of learning content. The Amusement Part Ride challenge offers the chance to explore STEM within the context of future curriculum that elementary school teachers may teach. The lesson can easily be explored with students in intermediate elementary grades as well.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A