ERIC Number: EJ1126696
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Optimizing Your K-5 Engineering Design Challenge
Coppola, Matthew Perkins; Merz, Alice H.
Science and Children, v54 n5 p74-79 Jan 2017
Today, elementary school teachers continue to revisit old lessons and seek out new ones, especially in engineering. Optimization is the process by which an existing product or procedure is revised and refined. Drawn from the authors' experiences working directly with students in grades K-5 and their teachers and preservice teachers, the optimizations in this article serve to inform readers of seven of their recommendations for optimizing an engineering lesson. Their goal is to provide practical methods for optimizing preparations, time on task, and the important focal points by minimizing distractions and potential engineering design misconceptions.
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Elementary School Students, Preservice Teachers, Engineering Education, Pilot Projects, Safety, Instructional Materials, Student Centered Learning, Design, Science Instruction, Program Development
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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