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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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Brown, Josh; Brown, Ryan; Merrill, Chris – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2012
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers teach multiple concepts that lend themselves to possible collaboration on a daily basis. Much like Metz's (2009) insightful discussion about the importance of science educators creating partnerships in the community "outside the school walls," integrative STEM teaching also requires…
Descriptors: Cooperation, Engineering, Public Schools, STEM Education
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Brown, Ryan; Brown, Joshua; Reardon, Kristin; Merrill, Chris – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2011
In many ways, the push for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education appears to have grown from a concern for the low number of future professionals to fill STEM jobs and careers and economic and educational competitiveness. The proponents of STEM education believe that by increasing math and science requirements in…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Technology Education