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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 ...

WaterBotics®Underwater Robots Built With LEGO® Materials
WaterBotics®underwater robots built with LEGO®materials
Jason SayresMercedes McKayArthur Camins

Figure 12.1 WaterBot® Picking up a Wiffle Ball

Image by Mark Dye, courtesy of Stevens Institute of Technology.

Underwater robotics is a timely, relevant, and exciting field that incorporates a very broad spectrum of engineering, science, and information technology disciplines. Recent news stories have highlighted numerous innovative applications of underwater robotics: assisting in the search for the downed Malaysian jet in 2014, responding to underwater disasters such as the 2010 Gulf oil spill, exploring the wreckage of the Titanic, and even swimming with and studying sharks out in the wild. Underwater robots have also aided in the rescue of swimmers drowning in rough waters and the recovery of other robots trapped while ...

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