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Vernier Structures and Materials Tester: An Engineering Marvel To Test Student’s Engineering Marvels

Vernier Structures & Materials Tester

Back in 1986, David Vernier wrote a book titled “How to Build a Better Mousetrap: And 13 other science projects using the Apple II.” The premise of the book was to use software, hardware, and materials to construct what David called “Laboratory Interfacing.” In many ways, the book truly is more how to build a […]

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Preparing Future Teachers to Put Investigation and Design at the Center of Their Classrooms

The recently released report Science and Engineering in Grades 6–12: Investigation and Design at the Center makes a strong statement right in the title: engaging students in scientific investigations and engineering design should be the core of what teachers do in their classrooms. Other blog posts have described how investigation engages students in doing science […]

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Ed News: Paid Professional Development Key to Teaching STEM Effectively

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This week in education news, more state governments should take necessary steps to ensure they can provide public support for paid professional development for teachers of STEM subjects; new study finds programs with strong organization structures are the key to effective early-childhood education; L.A. public school teachers reach a deal to end weeklong strike; elementary […]

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Rolling from Inquiry into Engineering Design

Guest blogger Jill Jensen began her 24th year as a science educator this fall. For the past twelve years she has been an Inquiry, Design, Engineering, Art & Science (IDEAS) Coach at Glacier Hills Elementary School of Arts and Science in Eagan, MN. Her current role allows her to partner with classroom teachers to extend […]

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Engaging English Learners in K-12 Engineering

Engineering is now part of the Next Generation Science Standards as well as many state standards. As schools and teachers begin to think about how to introduce engineering in their classrooms, they should do so in ways that support all students, including English learners. Because K-12 engineering is a relatively new discipline, we have an […]

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How Are Car Crashes, Packaging Design, and Bridge Design Related? (Hint: Integrated STEM)

Imagine a nationwide team of STEM education experts creating a GPS system of sorts for educators who want to chart a course toward an integrated STEM approach—one that’s aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, the Common Core State Standards, and the Framework for 21st Century Learning. That’s exactly how NSTA’s STEM Road Map Curriculum […]

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First week back resources

When you have a moment to plan for teaching in January, reach for the 2018 November/December issue of Science and Children for inspiration. With a focus on visual literacy the activities discussed in the columns and articles promote helping children learn from and use images and models to understand science concepts.  In The Early Years […]

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Ed News: Putting the ‘E’ in STEM for the Littlest Learners

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This week in education news, Sen. Lamar Alexander plans to retire; 2018 federal report found that only 18 percent of the innovations funded by the Education Department lifted student achievement; project-based learning has developed a significant following in recent years; Illinois ranks fifth nationally in the number of STEM degrees awarded and has the fifth-largest […]

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Engineering in early childhood

In early childhood settings both educators and young children solve problems using available materials and an engineering design process. The process is not step-by-step because it looks different depending on the age of the children, the time available, and their engagement with adults helping them reflect on their work and process. A quick internet search […]

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Incorporating engineering into lifesciences

What are some good activities and lessons to incorporate engineering into biology/life science? – K., Connecticut There are several websites that will give you lesson plans to incorporate engineering into all topics in science. Search the NSTA Learning Center (https://learningcenter.nsta.org) for ideas and check my collection which you may find useful: https://goo.gl/6TrTHk . The possible […]

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