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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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Jackson, Andrew; Mentzer, Nathan; Kramer-Bottiglio, Rebecca – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2020
In the field of technology and engineering education, educators are limited by their inability to predict what is coming; as the saying goes, they are preparing their students for jobs that do not even exist yet. Two adaptive approaches can help prepare students for this uncertainty: (1) teaching broad skills that can be applied in new situations;…
Descriptors: Robotics, 21st Century Skills, Technology Education, Engineering Education
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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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Roman, Harry T. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
Like scientists who keep lab notebooks detailing their experiments, inventors keep invention notebooks that chronologically detail the inception, development, and refinement of their inventions. These notebooks are legal documents that can help prove one inventor's precedent over another. Scenarios like these are very real, as the author has had…
Descriptors: Student Journals, Intellectual Property, Middle School Students, High School Students
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Yoshikawa, Emily; Bartholomew, Scott R. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
While the physical exercise of playing golf and the sheer enjoyment of the sport are both positive benefits, there are subtler opportunities for golf to be used in conjunction with other ideas for learning in K-12 education; the mechanics and details behind the sport, as well as the variety of clubs, courses, and swings are all potential…
Descriptors: Athletics, Educational Technology, Teaching Methods, Lesson Plans
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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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Derby, Melanie; DeCesare, Carl – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2011
An understanding of energy is critical to today's students, as energy-related spending in the United States tops 500 billion dollars per year (U.S. Department of Energy, 2010). Often, students do not consider where something as common as electricity comes from in order to charge an MP3 player or power a microwave. Students can realize real-world…
Descriptors: Energy, High School Students, Educational Games, Teaching Methods
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Gathing, Ahmed L. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2011
Exemplary and fun technology education classes in high schools are always welcome. The author introduces bridge building to his ninth graders and other students who comprise the Introduction to Engineering and Technology course within the first two months of the fall semester. In Georgia, Introduction to Engineering and Technology is the first of…
Descriptors: Engineering, Grade 9, Mathematics Skills, Trigonometry