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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 ...

Technology in Practice Applications and Innovations
Technology in practice applications and innovations
Brooke N. Bourdélat-ParksPamela Van Scotter

Figure 7.1 Having students work collaboratively prepares them for doing so in the future workforce

Image courtesy of BSCS.

Technology in Practice: Applications and Innovations is an innovative technology and engineering program for middle school students and teachers designed to help students meet the engineering standards and practices articulated in the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States, 2013). We developed this program to help all middle school students understand what technology is and why it is relevant in their daily lives.

In Technology in Practice, students explore many ideas related to technology and engineering—the design process, costs, benefits, criteria, constraints, and decision making. These concepts help students learn and practice ...

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