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Chapter 8: Engineering in IQWST
Investigating and Questioning our World through Science and Technology (IQWST) (Krajcik, Reiser, Sutherland, & Fortus, 2012) is an NSF-funded comprehensive and coherent sixth- through eighth-grade science curriculum that incorporates engineering activities. It was co-developed by a team consisting of science educators; scientists; an engineer; learning scientists; teacher educators; and specialists in technology and literacy, language, and culture. It is aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS Lead States, 2013) and situates student learning in meaningful, extended investigations, in project-based science contexts (see Figure 8.1).
The IQWST materials support students in acquiring deep understandings of the big ideas and science and engineering practices as articulated in A Framework for K–12 ...