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ERIC Number: EJ946209
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Nov
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-2158-0502
Utilize Vacuum Forming to Make Interdisciplinary Connections
Love, Tyler S.; Valenza, Frank
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v71 n3 p30-34 Nov 2011
The concept of vacuum forming has been around since the 19th century, despite not being fully utilized in industry until the 1950s. In the past, industrial arts classes have used vacuum-forming projects to concentrate solely on the manufacturing process and the final product. However, vacuum forming is not just an old industrial arts activity; it can be used to teach various aspects of design and technology, promote interdisciplinary learning, and create a buzz about the programs involved. This article describes an activity that shows how to keep projects that students love and adapt them to use in the design process, meet the "Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology" (STL) (ITEA/ITEEA, 2000/2002/2007) content standards, teach STL benchmark topics, and involve other content areas in the classroom.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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