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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 ...

Engineering Now
Engineering now
Peter Y. Wong

Figure 13.1 Student Balances Frame on Blimp

Image by Valerie Franks. Courtesy of the Museum of Science, Boston.

Engineering Now is a series of supplemental engineering units that can be used throughout Grades 6–8 by science and technology teachers. Each unit has a technology theme, kicks off with a WGBH Design Squad video, has hands-on and team-based activities (see Figure 13.1), and wraps up with career connections and a LabTV video. Students share their design solutions in the classroom, with museum staff, and on the web. Engineering Now is currently published by the Museum of Science, Boston.


Engineering Now is a new standards-based, classroom-tested curriculum. The main goal for the curriculum is to address the NGSS in the middle school classroom ...

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