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For many science teachers the integration of technology and engineering into the science curriculum will mean a new way of teaching, new concepts and skills for their students to learn, and new assessments that will measure their students’ progress and their own capabilities as teachers. The source of this concern is a publication by the National Research Council of a new blueprint for science education standards, appropriately titled A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Core Ideas and Crosscutting Concepts (NRC 2012). The Framework is currently severing as the blueprint for Next Generation Science Standards, aimed at replacing the current patchwork of state science standards with a common core, as has already been done in mathematics and English language arts. Since these documents raise engineering ...

Fender Bender Physics
Fender bender physics
Roy Q. Beven

Author's Note: Images in this chapter courtesy of NSTA.

Fender Bender Physics is an integrated science and engineering curriculum built on the theme of transportation safety. It was developed through a partnership between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and NSTA. An engineering design process is used as the curriculum design for each of the three units. These units can be used together, individually, or as enrichments to middle school physical science or technology education programs. Instructional activities are focused on the practices of science and engineering while building understanding of core ideas in physics, engineering design, and important attributes of vehicles.

Fender Bender Physics was published by NSTA Press in 2001. A PDF of it can be ...

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