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July 2017

Less than a decade ago, a National Research Council report concluded that “Engineering education is a relatively new school subject in U.S. K–12 education… and its spread into classrooms has been fairly modest.” Nowadays, engineering is everywhere. At the recent NSTA national conference in Los Angeles, dozens of sessions were devoted to engineering design, the Maker Movement, do-it-yourself student projects, and technology education. We have both the Maker Movement and the Next Generation Science Standards to thank for intensifying interest in engineering and design. Engineering is the “E” that can integrate the other STEM subjects— science, technology, and mathematics. It encourages creative problem solving and critical thinking while developing technological literacy. Why not join in?


Add to Cart Career of the Month: Civil Engineer
The Science Teacher, Jul 17
This column shares interviews with professionals using science in the workplace. This month’s issue describes Kristina Swallow's career path to becoming a civil engineer.
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Add to Cart Focus on Physics: Sailing Into the Wind: A Vector Explanation
The Science Teacher, Jul 17
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This column helps teachers build an understanding of physical principles. In this lesson, students discover surprising facts about sailing and also the intriguing usefulness of vectors.
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Add to Cart Health Wise: Getting Their Names Right
The Science Teacher, Jul 17
This Q&A style column provides up-to-date information on current health topics—helping students (and teachers) make healthy choices. This month’s issue discusses why it is important to pronounce a student's name correctly.
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Add to Cart Modeling a Membrane
The Science Teacher, Jul 17
Using engineering design to simulate cell transport processes.
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Add to Cart Myths About the Nature of Technology and Engineering
The Science Teacher, Jul 17
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Using the philosophy of technology and engineering to expose misconceptions.
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Add to Cart Right to the Source: View From the Top
The Science Teacher, Jul 17
Exploring science and history with the Library of Congress. This month's issue discusses the rise of skyscrapers.
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Add to Cart Science 2.0: Align Your Curriculum With the ISTE Standards
The Science Teacher, Jul 17
This column shares web tools that support learning. This month’s issue provides some scaffolding to help teachers align the ISTE standards to the example activities in our previous columns.
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Add to Cart The Stories of Inventions
The Science Teacher, Jul 17
An interdisciplinary, project-based unit for U.S. history students.
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Add to Cart Troubleshooting Portfolios
The Science Teacher, Jul 17
Using Troubleshooting Portfolios to enhance students’ science practices and concepts when doing engineering design.
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