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Teaching Engineering & Technology in STEM Classrooms - Chapter Summary
From the pyramids of ancient Egypt to the International Space Station, engineers have left their mark on the world. The lessons in this chapter provide information and resources that will help you teach your students about computer science, technology and programming, engineering design and problem solving, and much more. The chapter includes but is not limited to the topics listed below:
- Types and definition of engineering, steps of the engineering design cycle and design process activities
- Ways to define problems, develop engineering solutions and determine solution improvements
- Comparison of scientific inquiry vs. technological and engineering design
- How to apply physics to engineering design
- Definition and fields of computer science
- Helpful techniques for teaching computer science
- Kid-friendly ideas for teaching computer programming to young students
Our expert instructors provide clear, engagingly written and comprehensive information in short segments that will not take up much of your time. Each lesson is followed by a short quiz so that you can check for understanding and retention, while the chapter test evaluates overall mastery of the material.
How It Helps
- Builds awareness: You will find materials and resources that will help you teach your students about engineering, technology and computer science.
- Teaches proper usage: The lessons include materials appropriate for teaching computer programming to younger students.
- Engages student interest: You will be able to spark your students' interest in technology and engineering and inspire them to learn more.
When you are finished, you will know how to:
- Define and explain engineering to your students
- Discuss how to define engineering problems and develop solutions
- Identify the fields of computer science
- Apply strategies for teaching computer science and programming
1. What is Engineering? - Definition & Types
Engineering has changed the world. Learn what engineering is and about the main types of engineering, and then brainstorm a few of the problems engineering might solve in the future in this lesson.
2. Steps of the Engineering Design Cycle
Learn about the steps an engineer takes to design, build, and optimize a product, also called the engineering design cycle. See what you've picked up with a quiz.
3. How to Define a Problem in Engineering
Engineering is a field that involves solving problems using technology. Learn about the first step that engineers take in doing that: how to define a problem in engineering.
4. Scientific Inquiry vs. Technological & Engineering Design
In this lesson, we will describe the similarities and differences between the scientific inquiry process and the technological and engineering design process.
5. Engineering Design & Technical Applications of Physics
Learn about how engineering involves technical applications of physics, and be able to give multiple examples of engineering design in the real world. Take a quiz and see how much you know.
6. Engineering Design Process Activities
Although incredibly beneficial to helping students develop 21st Century skills, the engineering design process can be difficult to implement in the classroom. This lesson contains several practical ideas to help you implement this important process.
7. What is Computer Science? - Definition & Fields
Computer science is a branch of science and technology that encompasses all aspects of a computer system including computer software, hardware, and networking. In this lesson, we will learn about it in more detail.
8. Teaching Computer Science: Strategies & Tips
We've all heard the words computer science, but do we really know what teaching it means? This lesson will bring you up to date on current strategies for teaching computer science and offer some tips of the trade.
9. Computer Programming for Kids: Teaching Tips
You don't have to have ambitions to be the next Steve Jobs learn computer programming. In fact, it's so simple, even kids can learn. Read on for some tips on teaching kids to program.
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