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Love, Tyler S.; Tomlinson, Joel – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
Soldering is a useful and necessary process for many classroom, makerspace, Fab Lab, technology and engineering lab, and science lab activities. As described in this article, soldering can pose many safety risks without proper engineering controls, standard operating procedures, and direct instructor supervision. There are many safety hazards…
Descriptors: Engineering Technology, Safety Education, Laboratory Safety, Laboratory Procedures
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Deal, Walter F., III; Hsiung, Steve C. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2017
Sensors of all kinds play significant roles in the way that we use and interact with technological devices today. Smartphones, household appliances, automobiles, and other products that we use every day incorporate many different kinds of sensors. While the sensors are hidden from view in the products, appliances, and tools that we use, they…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Engineering Technology, Robotics, Electronic Equipment
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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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Love, Tyler S.; Salgado, Carlos A. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2016
The focus on construction in T&E education has drastically changed. This article presents a series of topics and design-based labs that can be taught at various grade levels to integrate STEM concepts while also increasing students' overall awareness of construction and structural technologies.
Descriptors: Scientific Concepts, Engineering Technology, Engineering Education, Design
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Grubbs, Michael E.; Deck, Anita – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2015
Water turbines have long been used to make work easier for humans while minimizing energy consumption. They are not only used in small- and large-scale operations, but also provide a great context for Integrative STEM education. Students can begin to understand the technological processes available by designing, building, and testing different…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Energy Education, Power Technology, Scientific Concepts
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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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Martin, Robert L.; Bowden, Nicholas S.; Merrill, Chris – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2014
In the past five years, there has been tremendous growth in the production and use of desktop 3D printers. This growth has been driven by the increasing availability of inexpensive computing and electronics technologies. The ability to rapidly share ideas and intelligence over the Internet has also played a key role in the growth. Growth is also…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Engineering Technology, Technology Education, Printing
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Buelin-Biesecker, Jennifer – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2014
The average American produces around 1,600 pounds of garbage every year, and it is estimated that 50 percent of that waste is material that could be composted (Clean Air Council, 2012). Instead, most is sent to landfills and incinerators. In technology and engineering education, a great deal of time is spent in talking, teaching, and thinking…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Technology Education, Engineering Technology, Classroom Environment
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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
This article encourages students to think multidimensionally and in a multidisciplinary fashion with this challenge, and choose a team that can support this kind of thinking. Presented is a challenge in which a major home improvement company makes tools and accessories for use by experienced and new homeowners. This company would like to provide…
Descriptors: Creative Thinking, Creative Activities, Creativity, Teamwork
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Reed, Philip A. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2013
Learning about intellectual property can help students understand the process it takes to bring ideas to fruition. It is very important for technology and engineering students to learn early that technology is not just concrete processes and physical artifacts. Creativity is closely linked to technology and is vital in helping us address perceived…
Descriptors: Engineering Technology, Engineering Education, Design, Intellectual Property