Archive for March, 2017

The Cardboard Boat Project

By Sarah Matheny, Alumni of the Teacher Engineering Education Program (TEEP)

blog blog blogSarah Matheny, Science and Design Thinking Teacher from St. George’s Independent School, Germantown, TN, shares the work done by a 4th grade class called “The Cardboard Boat Project”

Our fourth graders study explorers in the Fall and this year the teachers thought it would be fun to have ourstudents make their own boats that they could actually float in… out of cardboard! This project sounded exciting and scary at the same time.

Continue Reading March 21, 2017 at 11:50 am Leave a comment

The Development and Implementation of a Tool for Encouraging the Practice of Student-Driven Documentation in Engineering Design

By Susan Bitetti, Staff Member

blog2With the increase of engineering design activities in K-12 classrooms comes a new set of challenges to educators and policy-makers.  Previous studies have demonstrated the benefits of incorporating design tasks into formal education curriculum; however, a gap in research still remains surrounding how additional tools can best support students and teachers in these less than traditional learning environments.  For my thesis research, I designed, tested, and evaluated a tool made with the intent of specifically supporting the practice of documentation during engineering design tasks within formal education settings.

Continue Reading March 20, 2017 at 11:23 am Leave a comment


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