Problem-Based Curriculum: Engineering Units From Boeing And Teaching Channel. The Boeing Company and Teaching Channel have been working together since 2014 to create problem-based curricula inspired by the science and engineering innovations at Boeing and informed by globally competitive science, math, and literacy standards. These modules are being released as part of a collection of K-12 education resources under development to celebrate the 100th anniversary of The Boeing Company. Ten pairs of Boeing engineers were matched to ten teachers (grades 4-8) in Puget Sound, WA, and Houston, TX, to create 10 science modules. Each module is designed to be delivered in classrooms over a two-week period. These resources are intended to meet a critical need by teachers for content that integrates engineering design thinking and problem based learning – both of which are more strongly emphasized in globally benchmarked science standards (e.g., Next Generation Science Standards) that are currently being adopted or adapted by districts across the United States.
Science And Innovation In The Classroom: A Boeing/Teaching Channel Partnership. What happens when engineers and educators collaborate? In a new series, Science and Innovation, created in partnership with The Boeing Company, students solve simulations of real world problems through the application of science, while using the engineering design process, all based on curriculum co-designed by Boeing engineers and teachers. Five pairs of Boeing engineers were matched with STEM teachers in the Puget Sound area and in Houston to create 10 upper elementary and middle school science units. Each unit is designed to be taught in classrooms over a two-week period.
This material is intended to meet a critical need by teachers for content that integrates engineering design thinking and problem-based learning — both of which are strongly emphasized in globally benchmarked science standards (e.g., Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)). The Rest of the Series Here’s a sneak peek at the other modules in the series, which will be unveiled in September: Polymers for the Planet. Middle School Engineering Lesson: Design A Glider.
6th Grade Engineering Lesson: Biopolymer Testing. New Science And Innovation Curriculum Series Launches. When I was I little, I used to watch reruns of the TV show “Little House on the Prairie.” The students sat passively in a late 1800s schoolhouse writing notes on slate boards with chalk. If I think back to my public education in the late 1900s, I remember sitting passively at a desk using a pen to take notes in a spiral-bound notebook. It seems absurd to me that for 100 years, this methodology was the norm and that things remained relatively unchanged in the American educational system for such a large span of time. Now we have globally benchmarked science standards such as the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) — a dynamic shift in practice for a system that’s used to evolving at a snail’s pace. While many of the educators within my professional network are comfortable with the realignment of science content within these standards, some are concerned about the heavy emphasis on engineering design.
The partnership coincides with Boeing’s Centennial Celebration. 5th Grade Engineering Lesson: Lift, Drag And Turbines. Introducing Teaching Channel's New Science Laureate. Note from Sarah Brown Wessling: Join me in extending a welcoming hand to a very special addition to the Teaching Channel family: Tom Jenkins, our newest Teacher Laureate. Tom is every bit as passionate, curious, and accomplished as any teacher I’ve met, and I simply can’t wait for you to get to know him. As a veteran science teacher, he brings with him a depth of experience that we’re all going to benefit from.
Join me in welcoming him by reading his introductory blog post and giving him some of your Tch love in the comment section below. Why do we become educators? Some people become educators because they were inspired by someone in a particular field or subject area. I believe I’m somewhat unique. The science classes that I remember consisted of rote memorization of the periodic table of elements, 25 question chapter reviews, and “cookie cutter” labs. Flash forward eight years to 2006. Tom Jenkins teaches both middle school science and STEM in Enon, Ohio.
Kindergarteners Are Born Engineers - STEM Lesson. Imagine yourself as an 8th grade teacher walking into a classroom of five and six year olds with the expectation that you’re going to teach them aerospace engineering. You’ve been asked not only to teach a simplified version of the physics of flight, but also to discuss materials and aerodynamics. Well, that was me recently. And my first thought was, “Wow! What did I get myself into?” I had made an offer to all the teachers in my district to team teach a STEM unit in their classrooms. When I walked into the classroom, I had the students’ undivided attention. After reading the book, I started a round of questioning: How do planes fly? This last question led to an unexpected conversation about Thomas the Tank Engine, but eventually one student mentioned that “they build things” and saved the day. Now it was time for the engineering design challenge. The discussion between the students was phenomenal! Then we conducted the first round of testing.
That’s when it hit me. It’s us. 5th Grade Engineering Lesson: Cubesats, Or Microsatellites. Next Generation Science Standards. When I was I little, I used to watch reruns of the TV show “Little House on the Prairie.” The students sat passively in a late 1800s schoolhouse writing notes on slate boards with chalk. If I think back to my public education in the late 1900s, I remember sitting passively at a desk using a pen to take notes in a spiral-bound notebook.
It seems absurd to me that for 100 years, this methodology was the norm and that things remained relatively unchanged in the American educational system for such a large span of time. Read more What happens when engineers and educators collaborate? In a new series, Science and Innovation, created in partnership with The Boeing Company, students solve simulations of real world problems through the application of science, while using the engineering design process, all based on curriculum co-designed by Boeing engineers and teachers. Read more A frequent question I often hear is how are we going to implement the Next Generation Science Standards? Read more. Make STEM Come Alive In The Classroom. DOWNLOAD a PDF of this STEM Playlist Over the next several years, 80% of the fastest growing occupations in the United States depend on employees skilled in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). To maintain our global competitiveness and leadership in these fields, our students must become proficient in STEM concepts, and more importantly, they must want to learn more.
Yes, it’s going to be hard work, but the NGSS show great promise, with their emphasis on what students are able to do. How do I know? I’m a practicing teacher who was part of a committee that vetted the standards as they were developed. As a science teacher you can—and should—be responding to the standards right now, regardless of whether your district or state has taken action. Take a little time to become informed so that you are conversant in the way the standards are written. Help your district administrators understand the importance of: Here are the steps we need to take collectively to bring the standards to life: San Bruno CA: SBPSD - Our Common Core Corner is all about SCIENCE this week! | San Bruno, CA Patch. Our Common Core Corner is all about SCIENCE this week! It is actually a 6th grade two week unit idea revolving around ENGINEERING, but all grade levels could glean something from the questioning strategies, the integration of grappling with concepts, exploration, experimentation, academic vocabulary, and the list goes on!
Take a look at this 8 minute video from the Teaching Channel. The teacher teaches at a school in Seattle, Washington. The title is “Composites and Polymers for the Planet”. It incorporates Engineering & Environmental care. As you watch the lesson, watch for strategies the teacher uses to engage her students, get them excited about rigor, engineering, and the use of high level vocabulary words. How did the teacher set up the class structure to enable them to experiment, hypothesize, prove, and gather their data? How many students responded in complete sentences? Robert Riechel. Institute of Industrial Arts Technology Education. Videos: Watch Lakeridge teachers in action | Education Lab Blog.
The Teaching Channel, a nonprofit organization that highlights different approaches to education, has featured several Lakeridge Elementary teachers on its website. Below is a sampling of a few of the teachers in action. (Go here for the full story on Lakeridge’s approach to math instruction.) From top to bottom, Lynn Simpson teaches a lesson about division; Teresa Tse shares strategies for counting; and Drew Crandall helps students reason through the relationship between multiplication and division. [do action=”script” url=” [do action=”script” url=” [do action=”script” url=” National Math + Science Initiative Blog | Technology in the Class. Microduino mCookie: The smallest electronic modules on LEGO® by Microduino Studio — Kickstarter | Design Technology/ STEM. Teaching Channel – Google+
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