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ERIC Number: EJ943017
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-2158-0502
Having Fun with a 3-D Projectile
Lammi, Matthew; Greenhalgh, Scott
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v71 n2 p11-16 Oct 2011
The use of projectiles is a concept familiar to most students, whether it is a classic slingshot, bow and arrow, or even a spit wad through a straw. Perhaps the last thing a teacher wants is more projectiles in the classroom. However, the concept of projectiles is relevant to most students and may provide a means of bringing more authenticity into the curriculum. The use of a projectile in curricula can be an excellent approach, as it is a topic with broad applications sparking interest from a wide audience. This article provides an overview of the development of a design challenge and the associated STEM standards, and shares the experiences from the implementation of the design challenge. Although this design challenge includes understanding physics and mathematics concepts as an objective, its primary purpose is to reinforce the STEM design process. The students are to arrive at the understanding that the STEM design process has common themes. These themes may include conceptualization, inquiry, solution generation and evaluation, optimization, trade-offs, and dissemination. This design challenge attempts to mirror most real-world problems encountered in the STEM disciplines, in that it is open-ended, complex, has competing constraints, and is open to multiple solution paths. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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