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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 by Design An Integrative STEM Approach to Middle School
Engineering by design an integrative stem approach to middle school
Barry N. BurkeRuth Akers

Figure 14.1 EbD™ Students Analyzing Design Versus Constraints

Image by Aaron Gray, courtesy of ITEEA.

Imagine students walking through your door with an enthusiasm that soaks up every ounce of teaching you can provide. They are eager to learn every bit of information from you that will give them “the edge.” They are inspired to innovate because they have connected to material they have learned in mathematics, science, English language arts, and their geography classes. Now they are applying those concepts in their engineering and technology class in a program called Engineering byDesign™. Opportunity is what these students see. Not just in this ...

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