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ERIC Number: EJ792721
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Apr
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0746-3537
Excite Kids about Engineering: Design Squad[TM] and Engineer Your Life[TM] Resources Make It Easy
Cheng, Jack
Technology Teacher, v67 n7 p26-31 Apr 2008
The author discusses "Design Squad", a television program designed to introduce students to the engineering process. Each episode tells the story of how two teams tackled a particular challenge. A graphic announces each stage (e.g., brainstorm, design, build, test, and redesign) as the teams construct their solutions. These graphics make visual the iterative nature of the design process, assist teachers in discussion of the design process with students and demonstrate how engineers approach a project. Each episode is also available on the website, chapterized using the steps of the design process. The "Design Squad" website includes educational resources for integrating engineering into the curriculum. One of "Design Squad's" goals is to introduce kids to real engineers and the work they do. And, because low participation of women in engineering is a national issue, "Design Squad's" sister website, Engineer Your Life (, has been created especially for girls. Engineer Your Life focuses on engineering as an exciting career choice and reframes engineering in terms that girls can relate to--"dream big and love what you do." By promoting a positive view of engineering, teachers and school counselors can influence the directions their students will consider and the kinds of contributions they will make in shaping the future.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A