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ERIC Number: EJ914380
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 1
ISSN: ISSN-2158-0502
Bridges with Trigonometry Equals Engineering Achievement
Gathing, Ahmed L.
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v70 n5 p30-34 Feb 2011
Exemplary and fun technology education classes in high schools are always welcome. The author introduces bridge building to his ninth graders and other students who comprise the Introduction to Engineering and Technology course within the first two months of the fall semester. In Georgia, Introduction to Engineering and Technology is the first of four technology education classes that students take in high school. Incoming students' knowledge will consist of at least basic algebra and science concepts. As students enter the author's class for the first time, they are excited to build while learning about different engineering concepts. Building bridges is a great beginning project that allows students to build upon their math skills using basic trigonometry formulas while learning how forces act upon a structure. They also get to enjoy building and testing their bridges. Integrating math into technology education activities is important to enhance their value as "engineering-oriented" activities. Math-related engineering projects have been a missing component in many technology education programs, but activities such as this bridge project will provide credibility to engineering programs. (Contains 10 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 9; High Schools
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia