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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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Blue, Carl; Clark, Aaron; DeLuca, V. William; Kelly, Daniel – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
The changing demographics of U.S. society have prompted a focus on multiculturalism in today's classrooms. Educators and students are expected to be aware of the individual differences and characteristics that exist and use these attributes to everyone's advantage. This awareness begins with developing a broad understanding of the diverse…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Multicultural Education, Self Concept, Ethnicity
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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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Roman, Harry T. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2012
The world of man-made design is all around, in everyday objects and appliances people use without a second thought. In this exercise, students have an opportunity to challenge the common refrigerator's design--and improve it. This approach can be used with many other appliances.
Descriptors: Equipment, Design, Scoring Rubrics, Higher Education