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Childress, Vincent W. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2019
Humans have become the most dominant animal on the planet. They have adaptations providing advantages over other animals. They have even out competed other species in their own genus. Humans have opposable forefingers and thumbs for superior dexterity, very large brains for intelligence, walk upright with bipedal locomotion to cover distances more…
Descriptors: Animals, Climate, Environmental Education, Sustainability
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Kelley, Todd R.; Sung, Euisuk – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2017
The purpose of this article is to provide awareness of the danger of design fixation and promote the uses of brainstorming early in the design process--before fixation limits creative ideas. The authors challenged technology teachers to carefully limit the use of design examples too early in the process and provided suggestions for facilitating…
Descriptors: Design, Brainstorming, Technology Education, Innovation
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Clausen, Courtney K.; Greenhaigh, Scott D. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2017
As U.S. public schools continue to diversify, it is necessary for educators to find ways to meet all students' needs in the classroom. By beginning small, with some of the teaching ideas presented within this article such as learning about and supporting your students' cultural competencies and integrating students' backgrounds and interests into…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Technology Education, Engineering Education, Social Sciences
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Preble, Brian C. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2015
The time has come for drones. The use of unmanned aerial vehicles played an integral and indispensable part in the United States' military operations during the wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq. Since then, drones have taken new forms, found their way into hobbyists' hands, and recently have played a role in postmodern transportation. Current…
Descriptors: Aviation Education, Aviation Technology, Technology Education, STEM Education
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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
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Grubbs, Michael – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2013
As science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education demands greater integration across all subject areas, technology teachers can showcase many of the cross-curricular projects already occurring inside their classrooms that intrigue students and build their STEM skills. Robotics, just one of those projects, has become an excellent…
Descriptors: Engineering, Robotics, Technology Education, Middle School Students
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Bevins, P. Scott; Carter, Karen; Jones, Virginia R.; Moye, Johnny J.; Ritz, John M. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2012
The Financial Crisis of 2008 has forced countries around the globe to reevaluate their monetary and fiscal strategies for stimulating growth within their respective economies. The economic connectivity among countries has been magnified by the recent financial crisis. However, with nations at different stages in their development, the economic…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Technology Education, Teacher Role, Labor Force Development
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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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Eisenkraft, Arthur – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2011
Current instructional and learning models insist that when teachers prepare lessons for their technology and engineering classes, they must begin with a sense of what students already know. In preparing lessons, many teachers use their years of classroom experience as data to inform them about students' prior knowledge and about student…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Elementary Secondary Education, Prior Learning, Competition