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Tomlinson, Joel; Johnson, Etahe; Chesser, Cole; Moore, Jonathan – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2020
The automated water filtration design challenge integrates computer programming and basic electronics concepts through the SIMILAR systems engineering design process. The SIMILAR systems design process is to state the problem, investigate alternatives, model the system, integrate the system, launch the system, assess performance, and reevaluate…
Descriptors: Automation, Water, Water Quality, Design
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Hughes, Andrew J.; Merrill, Chris – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2020
The focus of this article is to serve as an introduction to engineering principles in beam design using a lab activity. The concepts and skills learned in this article will lead students into concrete beam and form design and fabrication as well as the ability to precisely predict the amount of weight a concrete beam will hold during testing. An…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Construction (Process), Manufacturing, Design
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Hughes, Andrew J.; Merrill, Chris – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2020
Design is often accepted as a fundamental aspect of engineering (Dym, et al., 2005). The design process is frequently portrayed as a set of steps. However, the design process is more complex than just a set of steps in a relatively fixed process. The complex nature of design, design thinking, questioning, and decision making is exactly what…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, STEM Education, Design, Manufacturing
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Waldrop, Angela; Corey, Caitlyn; Halfacre, Matthew; Hummell, Laura; Krantz, Dale; Gurganus, Jamie; Strimel, Greg J. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2019
This article showcases a lesson that employs a culturally situated design context to intentionally teach students about the engineering concepts involved in material selection and the application of dynamics. Students use their classroom time to work in groups addressing the issue of how to design athletic helmets to account for cultural attire,…
Descriptors: Design, Safety Equipment, Physical Activities, Health Promotion
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Tan, Verily; Nicholas, Celeste; Scribner, J. Adam; Francis, Dionne Cross – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2019
With the introduction of "Next Generation Science Standards" ("NGSS"), teachers have been called to find meaningful and engaging ways to teach science content while incorporating engineering practices and, to a lesser extent, computing and computational thinking. The task becomes even more complex when they also have to…
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Teaching Methods, Standards, Science Instruction
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Welling, Jonathan; Wright, Geoffrey A. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
The paper rocket activity described in this article effectively teaches the engineering design process (EDP) by engaging students in a problem-based learning activity that encourages iterative design. For example, the first rockets the students build typically only fly between 30 and 100 feet. As students test and evaluate their rocket designs,…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Teaching Methods, Learning Activities, Design
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Bosman, Lisa B.; O'Brien, Steve; Shanta, Susheela; Strimel, Greg J. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
The purpose of this article is to provide educators with resources to help students establish a deeper understanding of the application and role of statistical analysis within the design and innovation process. Quantitative analyses are often taught and applied through design activities, especially during testing or experimenting phases of design.…
Descriptors: Design, Engineering Education, Statistical Analysis, Statistics
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Mentzer, Nathan; Reed, Philip A.; Alnouri, Meshari; Barbarji, Mohammad – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
In 2010, the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS) founded the Sabah Al Ahmad Center for Giftedness and Creativity (SACGC). The Center supports Kuwait's Strategic Development Plan and the country's commitment to nurture gifted and talented youth. The Center also supports the work of talented adult inventors and entrepreneurs by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Academically Gifted, Creativity, Educational Innovation
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Love, Tyler S.; Roy, Ken R. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
Markerspaces and areas to conduct collaborative STEM activities are becoming increasingly popular in schools, libraries, media centers, and community centers. These are numerous examples of rooms that were originally designed as traditional classrooms being converted into markerspaces or collaborative STEM work areas. This also involved the use of…
Descriptors: Shared Resources and Services, STEM Education, Safety, Laboratories
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Bartholomew, Scott R.; Zhang, Liwei; Weitlauf, John – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
Computational thinking, programming, coding, and analytical thinking are high-demand skills in today's educational and occupational arenas (Wing, 2006 & 2014). In addition to these skills, students need the ability to think creatively, work collaboratively, and develop design solutions to complex problems to succeed in school and a…
Descriptors: Engineering, Design, Coding, Thinking Skills
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Love, Tyler S.; Ryan, Larry – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2017
Crab cakes and football, that's what Maryland does!" (Abrams, Levy, Panay, & Dobkin, 2005). Although the Old Line State is notorious for harvesting delectable blue crabs, the movie "Wedding Crashers" failed to highlight something else Maryland does well: engineering design competitions. This article discusses how a multistate…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Design, STEM Education, Technology Education
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Kelley, Todd R. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2017
As national STEM initiatives focus on engineering design as a STEM integrator, a more important concern for K-12 educators should be teaching design fundamentals and using these experiences to help students obtain STEM content knowledge. There appears however, to be little instruction and emphasis on building students' design-sketching skills in…
Descriptors: Drafting, Design, Engineering Education, Engineering Technology
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Cool, Nate; Strimel, Greg J.; Croly, Michael; Grubbs, Michael E. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2017
To be technologically and engineering literate, people should be able to "make" or produce quality solutions to engineering design challenges while recognizing and understanding how to avoid hazards in a broad array of situations when properly using tools, machines, and materials (Haynie, 2009; Gunter, 2007; ITEA/ITEEA, 2000/2002/2007).…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Engineering Technology, Integrated Curriculum, Design
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Flowers, Jim; Gorski, Alecia – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2017
Whether you teach elementary school students, secondary school students, or college students, you can include upcycling activities in your class to promote both design skills and an environmental ethic. This article shares how a teacher at one school is doing just this, providing suggestions for those who have different material processing…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Recycling, Wastes, Experiential Learning
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Clausen, Courtney K.; Greenhaigh, Scott D. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2017
As U.S. public schools continue to diversify, it is necessary for educators to find ways to meet all students' needs in the classroom. By beginning small, with some of the teaching ideas presented within this article such as learning about and supporting your students' cultural competencies and integrating students' backgrounds and interests into…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Technology Education, Engineering Education, Social Sciences
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