Tag Archives: engineering

Elementary Extravaganza, Ramps and pathways

The Elementary Extravaganza was pulsing with energy as educators from many settings rushed in at 8am to get personal attention from the hundreds of presenters who were ready to share their work. Thanks to the sponsors–www.BioEdOnline.org, Delta Education, School Speciality, ScienceCompanion, and Carolina, as well as NSTA. The setting with presentations at round conference tables [...]

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DiscoverE brings us Engineers Week

Next week is Engineers Week, February 16-22, “a time to: Celebrate how engineers make a difference in our world Increase public dialogue about the need for engineers Bring engineering to life for kids, educators, and parents” DiscoverE website has  an excellent self-guided tutorial for volunteers and educators, with tips and advice on leading a hands-on engineering [...]

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Engineers Week Resources from the National Science Teachers Association

Engineers Week is February 16–22, 2014. Engineering is in the spotlight right now—and science teachers need to know how to incorporate it into their STEM curriculum, what resources really work, and where to get online PD to stay current. Use this resource collection from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) to find everything you need. [...]

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“Engineering and Science: Technological Partners”: Featured Strand at NSTA’s 2014 National Conference on Science Education in Boston, MA, April 3–6

This April, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) will feature a special strand “Engineering and Science: Technological Partners” at our 2014 National Conference on Science Education, in Boston, April 3–6. Science teachers who are integrating science and engineering practices into their instruction won’t want to miss this. With the NRC Framework and the Next Generation [...]

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Cooking as science

On the winter solstice I took a walk through the yard and thought about the amount of sunlight that it receives throughout the year. Much less these days as the silver maple has grown many feet since the year my son made and tested a solar cooker as his science class project. After he was [...]

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Early education in engineering and design

I love to try to understand the thinking process children are going through as they work to solve a problem involving objects in space—putting a puzzle together, making a system to carry toys, figuring out which arm to put into a coat sleeve and balancing blocks. What is the motivation and what is the goal [...]

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“Engineering the Engineering: Connecting the Why to the How”: Featured Strand at NSTA Conference in Denver, CO, December 12-14

This December, the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) will feature a special strand “Engineering the Engineering: Connecting the Why to the How” at our Conference on Science Education in Denver, CO, December 12–14. Engineering effectively provides foundational knowledge in science, technology, and math through innovative and creative approaches in the classroom, giving all students an [...]

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The future is here

In addition to NSTA publications, I read many others related to science and education, both in print and online. I usually scan the pages and images, focusing on articles of interest. However, the May 2013 issue of Smithsonian was so compelling, I had to read it cover to cover! The theme was “The Future Is [...]

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Birding and Engineering Makes for a Great Week

Two worthy programs to participate in this year or mark on your calendar for next year. Great Outdoor Bird Count Monday is the last day for this year, so it’s not too late to take part in a citizen science project that will help scientists answer questions about bird populations (of not just North America, [...]

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Science by Design: Construct a Boat, Catapult, Glove, and Greenhouse

When I came across this NSTA Press® title, I was reminded of comedian Stephen Wright’s one liner: “A lot of people ask me, if I were shipwrecked, and could only have one book, what would it be? I always say ‘How to Build a Boat.’” In which case, he might find Science by Design: Construct a [...]

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