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Dettelis, Phil – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2011
Since the early 1980s, technology education has undergone several changes, incorporating new philosophies, new courses, and even a new name. This discipline, which is historically rooted in industrial arts, has endeavored to carve out a niche based on preparing students for careers, hands-on applications of mathematics and science, critical…
Descriptors: Technology Education, Industrial Arts, Educational History, Trend Analysis
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Roman, Harry T. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2010
A small commercial building in a nearby industrial park has decided to install a rooftop garden for its employees to enjoy. The garden will be about 100 feet long and 75 feet wide. This article presents a design challenge for technology and engineering students wherein they will assist in the initial conceptual design of the rooftop garden. The…
Descriptors: Structural Elements (Construction), Gardening, Design, Competition
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Bybee, Rodger W. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2010
STEM (an acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics) had its origins in the 1990s at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and has been used as a generic label for any event, policy, program, or practice that involves one or several of the STEM disciplines. However, a recent survey on the "perception of STEM" found that most…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Memory, Engineering, Science Education
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Katsioloudis, Petros J. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2010
Being able to dive and breathe underwater has been a challenge for thousands of years. In 1980, Fuji Systems of Tokyo developed a series of prototype gills for divers as a way of demonstrating just how good its membranes are. Even though gill technology has not yet reached the point where recipients can efficiently use implants to dive underwater,…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Technology Education, Water, Aquatic Sports
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Roman, Harry T. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2010
Skyscrapers sure do have a lot of windows, and these windows are cleaned and checked regularly. All this takes time, money, and puts workers at potential risk. Might there be a better way to do it? In this article, the author discusses a window-washing challenge and describes how students can tackle this task, pick up the challenge, and creatively…
Descriptors: Structural Elements (Construction), Problem Solving, Activities, Brainstorming
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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)
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Busby, Joe R.; Altork, Linh Nguyen – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2010
With the decreasing availability of oil and the perpetual dependence on foreign-controlled resources, many people around the world are beginning to insist on alternative fuel sources. Hydrogen fuel cell technology is one answer to this demand. Although modern fuel cell technology has existed for over a century, the technology is only now becoming…
Descriptors: Fuels, Power Technology, Energy, Literacy
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Hill, Roger B. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2010
In this paper, the author discusses the topic of excellence and shares key aspects of excellence that he has found to be true in his life's journey. He discusses two elements of excellence, namely (1) "vision"; and (2) "work ethic", and describes some characteristics of each element. Three aspects: (1) interpersonal skills; (2) initiative; and (3)…
Descriptors: Work Ethic, Interpersonal Competence, Goal Orientation, Job Satisfaction
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Deal, Walter F., III – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2010
There is considerable interest in electric and hybrid cars because of environmental and climate change concerns, tougher fuel efficiency standards, and increasing dependence on imported oil. In this article, the author describes the history of electric vehicles in the automotive world and discusses the components of a hybrid electric vehicle.…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Transportation, Sustainable Development, Energy Conservation
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Roman, Harry T. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2010
Something as simple as carrying books to school can be an interesting design challenge for students. It's an old problem that gets reinvented from time to time. In this article, the author discusses a backpack design challenge in which teachers work with students to design another way to carry books to school. The challenge started by trying to…
Descriptors: Books, Engineering, Technology, Students
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de Vries, Marc J.; Hacker, Michael; Burghardt, David – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2010
The publication of "Standards for Technological Literacy: Content for the Study of Technology" (ITEA/ITEEA, 2000/2002/2007) represented a major step forward in identifying the educational components necessary for life in a technological world. But this list of standards, though substantial, does not clearly identify the components that are most…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Technological Literacy, Engineering Technology, Fundamental Concepts
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Stier, Kenneth; Laingen, Mark – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2010
Today's engineers and technologists are more frequently thrust into the role of problem solver. Some would argue that, if this is the case, then using simulation is a more acceptable way to educate students for the work environment they will enter. The authors wanted to introduce entry-level university students to advanced engineering concepts…
Descriptors: Sequential Learning, Engineering Technology, Technology Education, Concept Teaching
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Feinberg, Lauren – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2010
This article describes "Build a Band" hands-on activity from "Design Squad Nation," which allows kids to use simple materials to build a four-stringed instrument, then tune it and play a song. Kids explore frequency, pitch, and sound energy while following the steps of the engineering design process. By weaving "Design Squad Nation" episodes,…
Descriptors: Musical Instruments, Engineering, Learning Experience, Acoustics
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Deal, Walter F. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2010
One may ask the question, What is energy? Typically the first answers that come to mind are oil, coal, and natural gas or nuclear energy. Most human activities require some form of energy consumption. This may be the energy produced by the food that one eats or the gasoline that is used in cars, trucks, buses, and other vehicles. One cannot ignore…
Descriptors: Energy Conservation, Nuclear Energy, Energy, Mining
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Phelps, Elizabeth; Ernst, Jeremy V. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2010
Technology education has the ability to key on major issues that are impacting the world today. Thus, it can change student learning into an experience that can be applied rather than one read about in books. This article aims to provide content and reasoning for the utilization of current economic, political, and societal issues to explore…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Technology Education, Academic Achievement, Energy
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