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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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Roman, Harry T. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2014
Roadways are literally soaked with petrochemical byproducts, oils, gasoline, and other volatile substances that eventually run off into sewers and end up in rivers, waterways, and other undesirable places. Can the roads be cleaned of these wastes, with their proper disposal? Can vehicles, robots, or other devices be designed that could be driven…
Descriptors: Sanitation, Wastes, Fuels, Motor Vehicles
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Bianco, Andrew S. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2014
All technology educators have favorite lessons and projects that they most desire to teach. Many teachers might ask why teach robotics when there are many other concepts to cover with the students? The answer to this question is to engage students in science, technology, engineering, and math (commonly referred to as STEM) concepts. In order for…
Descriptors: Robotics, Class Activities, Classroom Techniques, Technology Education
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Kekelis, Linda; Larkin, Molly; Gomes, Lyn – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2014
This article describes a reverse-engineering project where female students take a part a hair dryer--giving them an opportunity to see the many different kinds of engineering disciplines involved in making a hairdryer and that they work together. Mechanical Engineer, Lyn Gome, describes her experience leading a group of middle school girls through…
Descriptors: Role Models, Females, Engineering, Career Choice
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Roman, Harry T. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2014
Traffic lights are an important part of the transportation infrastructure, regulating traffic flow and maintaining safety when crossing busy streets. When they go awry or become nonfunctional, a great deal of havoc and danger can be present. During power outages, the street lights go out all over the affected area. It would be good to be able to…
Descriptors: Traffic Safety, Lighting, Transportation, Motor Vehicles
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Dorrell, Abby; Berkeihiser, Mike – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2014
The Family and Consumer Science (FCS) Department at Charles F. Patton Middle School in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, planted a garden to provide students with an organic horticulture experience. Although the garden provided the FCS Department space to grow plants, Patton Middle School FCS teachers Betsy Ballard and Kim Hislert believed it wasn't…
Descriptors: Organic Chemistry, Gardening, Horticulture, Learning Experience
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Song, Ting; Becker, Kurt – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2013
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educators are facing the challenge of attracting more students. The disparity between the need for engineers and the enrollment of engineering students is growing (Genalo, Bruning, & Adams, 2000), and career aspirations of high school students are inconsistent with the employment…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Engineering Technology, Design, Middle School Students
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Mitts, Charles R. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2013
This design/problem-solving activity challenges students to design a replacement bridge for one that has been designated as either structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. The Aycock MS Technology/STEM Magnet Program Virtual Bridge Design Challenge is an authentic introduction to the engineering design process. It is a socially relevant…
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Facility Planning, Design, Engineering Education
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Roman, Harry T. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2013
This article invites teachers to let their students' imaginations soar as they become part of a team that will design a whole new kind of living technological museum, a facility that celebrates the world of infrastructure. In this activity, a new two-story building will be built, occupying a vacant corner parcel of land, approximately 150…
Descriptors: Museums, Imagination, Building Design, Structural Elements (Construction)
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Roman, Harry T. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2013
Clothing is influenced by many factors, trends, and social happenings. Much of what is worn today had utilitarian roots in the past. In the activitiy presented in this article, students will have the opportunity to redesign clothing for new trends, in this case, the explosion of handheld electronic devices.
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Clothing, Influence of Technology, Design Crafts
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Feinberg, Lauren – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2010
Build a table that's sturdy enough to hold a heavy weight! The catch? Students can only use eight sheets of newspaper, one piece of cardboard, and masking tape. This article describes "Paper Table," a hands-on activity from "Design Squad," in which kids investigate structures while following the steps of the engineering design process. Teachers…
Descriptors: Engineering, Multimedia Materials, Activities, Paper (Material)