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Flowers, Jim – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2019
As a resource for manufacturing and construction, wood has much to offer: it is renewable, beautiful, locally obtainable, and rather easy to machine. In addition to building products out of wood, wood can be scientifically studied in the classroom and lab. In the age of STEM integration, technology and engineering teachers can teach wood science,…
Descriptors: Woodworking, Forestry, STEM Education, Technology Education
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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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Samuels, Kyle; Flowers, Jim – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2015
As 3D printers become more affordable, schools are using them in increasing numbers. They fit well with the emphasis on product design in technology and engineering education, allowing students to create high-fidelity physical models to see and test different iterations in their product designs. They may also help students to "think in three…
Descriptors: Computer Peripherals, Printing, Technology Education, Engineering Education
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Orr, Taylor; Flowers, Jim – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2015
3D printing is becoming ever more popular in both the manufacturing world as well as in technology and engineering education classrooms all over the United States. 3D printing is an additive manufacturing process in which successive layers of material are built up to produce three-dimensional objects from computer-aided design (CAD) files, making…
Descriptors: Computer Peripherals, Printing, Plastics, Engineering Education
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Xu, Renmei; Flowers, Jim – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2015
Integrating different science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) areas can help students learn and leverage both the equipment and expertise at a single school. In comparing graphic communications classes with classes that involve rapid prototyping (RP) technologies like 3D printing, there are sufficient similarities between goals,…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, STEM Education, Integrated Activities, Specialization
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Flowers, Jim – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2014
Technology and engineering education and its predecessors have a long history of being effective programs for helping students learn about technology and technological design. Students are often asked to solve design challenges, develop product ideas, and create models or prototypes for products. They do not often set up tests with product users…
Descriptors: Usability, Engineering Education, Technology Education, Design
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Orr, Taylor; Flowers, Jim – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2014
The goal of formal education is student learning. By emphasizing experimentation in the classroom or lab, students learn about the results of a particular inquiry. But more importantly, they learn to refine their approach to learning by creating new knowledge rather than merely remembering what they have been told. An inquiry approach where…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Inquiry, Science Experiments, Scientific Methodology
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Lazaros, Edward; Flowers, Jim – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2014
Many prospective graduate students wish they could hear directly from graduate advisors at different universities that offer a master's degree in the field they are seeking. They could speak from experience to help prospective students decide if this is the best time for them to start graduate study. They could help prospective students…
Descriptors: Masters Programs, Success, Technology Education, Graduate Students