Engineering

Integrating STEM Into Afterschool: Lessons Learned for Educators In and Out of School

In 2013 The Franklin Institute, a leading science museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, received a grant from the National Science Foundation (#1138911) to reach under-resourced urban communities by strengthening the capacity of afterschool centers to offer STEM programming.

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Development of Parents’ Engineering Awareness Survey (PEAS) According to the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behavior Framework

With increased interest in promoting engineering as a field of study and career pathway to both college and pre-college student, it is important to understand the many factors that impact students’ learning and decision-making processes. In this paper, one of the important environmental factors surrounding students was selected as a main research subject: parents and other similar caregivers. Parents play a significant role in mediating between teachers and students as well as motivating children’s interest in engineering.

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Draw an Engineer Test (DAET): Development of a Tool to Investigate Students’ Ideas about Engineers and Engineering

The public has an incomplete understanding of engineers and engineering as a profession. In discussions about the public’s understanding of engineers, many have referenced the “conventional” stereotype of engineers as train operators. Though this stereotype may exist among students as well as the public, few investigations to date have focused on students’ ideas about engineers and engineering.

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Case Study of Experiential, Capstones in Industry: Understanding High School Students Interest and Preparation for STEM Careers

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More than 300 students high school students participating in STEM, industry-based, out of school, elective, project-based learning, are supported by industry-partners, teachers, and program leaders along with teachers and leaders from their home-school.
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Digital technology integration and engineering contexts to support elementary students' systems thinking

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90 elementary teachers in rural, undeserved areas of Virginia are engaged in a 2-year cycle of professional development and classroom instruction to support engineering, digital technology, and systems thinking among their students.
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Engineering by Design Advanced Technological Applications Course

"The Engineering byDesign™ Program is built on the belief that the ingenuity of children is untapped, unrealized potential that, when properly motivated, will lead to the next generation of technologists, innovators, designers, and engineers."

A Standards-Based Model Program The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association's STEM±Center for Teaching and Learning™ has developed the only standards-based national model for Grades K-12 that delivers technological literacy in a STEM context.

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STEM Mio Journey

STEM Mio aims to impact students, family and the community by engaging students in inquiry-based STEM learning, educating entire families on STEM careers and Latino role models, and preparing students for college pathways to STEM careers.

Latinos make up the youngest and fastest growing demographic in the US but remain underrepresented in STEM professions. While clearly capable, Latino students often lack familiarity with potential STEM careers, Latino STEM role models, and the college resources available to them.

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Build a Better Book Resources

Interested in bringing the Build a Better Book project to your library or school? Look below for lesson plans and project guidelines that will help you get started.

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Restoration Education Guide

Earth Partnership offers tools for teachers learning how to guide their students, colleagues and community members through schoolyard restorations. Ten steps form the backbone of the Earth Partnership curriculum:

Earth Partnership has innovative curriculum guides that direct interdisciplinary explorations in ecology and restoration. Guides are aligned to Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core and encourage growth in science, math, literacy, art, social studies, and more.

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Drones: Summer Engineering Experience for Kids Aeronautical Engineering Engineering Design Challenge

Over the course of a week, your young engineers will be taking on the Drone Challenge.

Engineers will work in teams of 4-5 to apply the Engineering Design Process (EDP) and the scientific concepts related to simple machines, force, energy and motion. Below you will find your week-at-a-glance, a materials list, and some background information that will help you prepare for the challenge topic area. Also included is a copy of the challenge letter as well as the end of week challenge expectations.

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