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Reed, Philip A. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2018
Technology Education as a discipline is at a historical point of two extremes. On one hand it is clear that what we do in technology education is highly valued; after all, imitation is said to be the sincerest form of flattery. The proliferation of "Makermania," technical competitions, engineering design in Next Generation Science…
Descriptors: STEM Education, Reflection, Academic Standards, Technology Education
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Love, Tyler S.; Ryan, Larry – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2017
Crab cakes and football, that's what Maryland does!" (Abrams, Levy, Panay, & Dobkin, 2005). Although the Old Line State is notorious for harvesting delectable blue crabs, the movie "Wedding Crashers" failed to highlight something else Maryland does well: engineering design competitions. This article discusses how a multistate…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Design, STEM Education, Technology Education
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Moye, Johnny; Dugger, William E., Jr.; Starkweather, Kendall N. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2016
The purpose of the "Learn Better by Doing" study is to determine the extent to which U.S. public school students are doing hands-on activities in their classrooms. The study asks elementary and secondary (middle and high school) science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers to respond to 13 statements concerning…
Descriptors: Active Learning, Experiential Learning, Public Schools, Hands on Science
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Prasa, Anthony R., Jr.; Del Guercio, Ryan – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2016
Engineers are faced with solving important problems every day and must follow a step-by-step design process to arrive at solutions. Students who are taught an effective design process to apply to engineering projects begin to see problems as an engineer would, consider all ideas, and arrive at the best solution. Using an effective design process…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Engineering, Secondary School Science, High School Students
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Sutton, Kevin; Grubbs, Michael E.; Ernst, Jeremy – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2014
Engineering design has been suggested as a viable instructional approach for Technology Education (TE) to intentionally provide students the opportunity to apply multidisciplinary concepts to solve ill-defined design challenges (Wells & Ernst, 2012; Sanders & Wells, 2010; Wicklein, 2006). Currently, the context for design challenges in TE…
Descriptors: Design, Design Crafts, Design Requirements, Engineering Technology
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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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Roman, Harry T. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2014
Traffic lights are an important part of the transportation infrastructure, regulating traffic flow and maintaining safety when crossing busy streets. When they go awry or become nonfunctional, a great deal of havoc and danger can be present. During power outages, the street lights go out all over the affected area. It would be good to be able to…
Descriptors: Traffic Safety, Lighting, Transportation, Motor Vehicles
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Love, Tyler S.; Strimel, Greg – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2013
Exposing students to the application of math and science through a design-based activity can make them more technologically literate and teach integration between the STEM disciplines at an early age. This article discusses an activity that originated as a portion of a green residential house project conducted by the authors with their high school…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Technological Literacy, Science Activities, STEM Education
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Love, Tyler S.; Ryan, Larry – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2012
As science, technology education, and engineering programs suffer budget cuts, educators continue to seek cost-effective activities that engage students and reinforce standards. The featherweight challenge is a hands-on activity that challenges students to continually refine their design while not breaking the budget. This activity uses one of the…
Descriptors: Engineering, Technology Education, Science Activities, STEM Education
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Roman, Harry T. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2011
People tend to think that inventions must be complex and sophisticated. Yet, some of the most useful inventions have been simple, or elegant, like Velcro, zippers, and Post-it[R] notes. Kitchen utensil drawers are filled with all sorts of great inventions, and in this article, the author discusses a challenge that allows students to develop their…
Descriptors: Recreational Activities, Innovation, Student Projects, Assignments
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Marshall, Kirk – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2011
Building a human-powered flying craft can be much more complicated than one would first imagine. There are no "premade" plans available for this type of craft. In addition, the crafts needed to be built with some "style," or in other words, they should represent something other than a flying machine. The concept of launching a…
Descriptors: High Schools, Aviation Technology, Aviation Education, STEM Education
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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