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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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Swinson, Ronnie; Clark, Aaron C.; Ernst, Jeremy V.; Sutton, Kevin – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2016
"Employers want individuals who are self-motivated, are driven, and can effectively communicate this to their work groups and supervisors" (Pence & Rowe, 2012, p. 50). Projects assigned by teachers or bosses can seem monumental, but by breaking them down into individual parts they can be managed to completion. There are many jobs…
Descriptors: Technical Occupations, Engineering, Teaching Methods, Technological Literacy
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Swinson, Ronnie; Clark, Aaron C.; Ernst, Jeremy V.; Sutton, Kevin – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2016
Today's engineers, designers, and technologists are often thrust into the role of problem solver, from the initial design phase of a product or process all the way to final development. Many engineers in manufacturing environments are tasked with solving problems and continuously improving processes to enhance company profitability, efficiency,…
Descriptors: Technology Education, Engineering Education, Simulation, Problem Solving
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Cantu, Diana V. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2015
On February 1, 2015, the New England Patriots clinched a 28-24 point win against the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. Going into the game, the Patriots were shrouded in controversy regarding possible deflated footballs in their American Football Conference (AFC) Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts, most notably known as…
Descriptors: Team Sports, Athletics, Technology, Engineering
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Mentzer, Nathan; Farrington, Shawn; Tennenhouse, Jason – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2015
Innovation has been an important aspect of economic and scientific success in the United States for decades. Hobday, Coffey, Saalfeld, and Colwell (2011) suggested that, in order to produce innovative ideas, one must have a design-thinking mentality. This article provides the readers with an example of brainstorming techniques that have been…
Descriptors: Educational Strategies, Brainstorming, Industry, Technology
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Loveland, Thomas – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2014
This article presents an overview of how to relate reading to a content area, specifically technology education. The author notes that, with the new focus on Common Core English Language Arts State Standards and state-developed standards, technology and engineering teachers should include disciplinary literacy in their curriculum. Academic…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Literacy, Technology, Technology Education
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Mitts, Charles R. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2013
In order for technology and engineering education (T&EE) students to meet the design challenges of this century, T&EE teachers will need to deepen their content pedagogy in the areas of science and math. This raises the question: Will the need to deepen content pedagogy initiate a process of change that transforms technology and engineering…
Descriptors: Engineering Education, Engineering, STEM Education, Scientific Principles
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Rogers, Stephen – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2013
In a middle school classroom, the science of fluidics was introduced using the rig. Afterwards the students were able to make informed choices about using air or water as the medium inside their syringes. The three kits available through the NFPA were explored, reverse-engineered, discussed, and analyzed as a lead-in to the in-house culminating…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), STEM Education, Middle Schools, Design
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Hughes, Bill – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2013
A low-cost and portable colorimeter kit has been designed and developed as an educational tool at Penn State University by Dr. Daniel Sykes for K-12 schools' integrated STEM learning. This scientific instrument allows students to learn how scientists utilize light as a means to study the chemical and physical properties of materials with an…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Algebra, Technology Education, Electronics
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Roman, Harry T. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2012
The world of man-made design is all around, in everyday objects and appliances people use without a second thought. In this exercise, students have an opportunity to challenge the common refrigerator's design--and improve it. This approach can be used with many other appliances.
Descriptors: Equipment, Design, Scoring Rubrics, Higher Education
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Roman, Harry T. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2012
Handling dangerous substances has come to define a society. People drive around with the explosive equivalent of twenty sticks of dynamite in their gasoline tanks without batting an eye. They use open flames to cook their food and heat their homes. Propane barbecue tanks are sold everywhere in the country, and left outside their homes for several…
Descriptors: Living Standards, Hazardous Materials, Fuels, Industry
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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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Mitts, Charles R. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2012
A simple machine does one of two things: create a mechanical advantage (lever) or change the direction of an applied force (pulley). Fluid foils are unique among simple machines because they not only change the direction of an applied force (wheel and axle); they convert fluid energy into mechanical energy (wind and Kaplan turbines) or vice versa,…
Descriptors: Power Technology, Global Approach, Mathematics Teachers, Physics
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Katsioloudis, Petros J.; Jones, Mildred V. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2012
Transportation is one of the biggest contributors to the destruction of the environment. Results from environmental research and pursuant governmental regulations are changing the way companies do business and how transportation systems address the future. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been at the forefront in leading environmental…
Descriptors: Environmental Education, Transportation, Energy Conservation, Fuels
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Roman, Harry T. – Technology and Engineering Teacher, 2012
Nanotechnology is now making it possible to create radically new tiny machines and sensors on par with the size of dust motes. This technology is rapidly progressing and will make profound impacts on the nation's global competitiveness. It promises to be a most pervasive technological advance, comparable to what computers did for an individual's…
Descriptors: Molecular Structure, Persuasive Discourse, Technology, Technological Advancement
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