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ERIC Number: EJ1177691
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-2158-0502
STEM Integration: Solids, CAD, and 3D Printers
Fujiwara, Yujiro
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v77 n8 p5-9 May-Jun 2018
While many students may struggle to make sense of a mathematical formula and its practical implications, they can benefit greatly from an intuitive visualization and the engineering application of the topic. Effective STEM programs create clear connections at least with two subject areas, which translates into an enhanced student learning experience (English, 2016). Using CAD to create a 3D print model of their Solids of Revolution learning assignment, they may learn how to integrate their mathematical knowledge with other STEM subjects. In this demonstration, the connection between math with engineering and technology has been made explicit. It is important that educators make these mathematical connections clear at every grade level according to the activity presented, as they emphasize the links between the underpinning math concept to the technology and engineering concepts, so that all students may clearly see the connections among subjects (Shaughnessy, 2013). While a teacher can take this sample lesson and adjust it to the needs of a particular group of students, educators should bear in mind that these practical applications and clear connections could increase their level of motivation while enhancing their understanding of mathematical concepts (National Academy of Engineering and National Research Council, 2014).
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