By: Richard Moyer and Susan Everett
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Everyday Engineering: Putting the E in STEM Teaching and Learning
|Type of Product:||NSTA Press Book (also see downloadable PDF version of this book)
based on 1 review
|Grade Level:||Middle School
|Read Inside:||Read a sample chapter: Toothbrush Design—Is There A Better Bristle?
Our reviewers—top-flight teachers and other outstanding science educators—have determined that this resource is among the best available supplements for science teaching.
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“The idea for Everyday Engineering began with our interest in design and production issues related to the simple ballpoint pen. We were struck by the elegance of the means for retracting the reservoir and transferring the ink to paper …. For some months, we found ourselves taking a number of things apart—becoming more and more intrigued with the design of the seemingly simple. When thought about in this light, paper clips and pump soap dispensers become fascinating; so, too, is learning the history of how these everyday objects were developed.”
—From the Introduction to Everyday Engineering
Here’s an ideal way to spark students’ fascination with the marvels of engineering behind the seemingly simple. This book is a compilation of popular “Everyday Engineering” columns from NSTA’s middle school journal, Science Scope. The collection is made up of 14 activities that explore engineering’s role in five areas: the office, the kitchen, the bathroom, electricity, and outdoor recreation. Students can perform hands-on investigations of objects they use all the time, asking questions such as:
• What makes a Bic click?
• Why do squirt guns squirt?
• What makes a better cereal box?
Each activity includes a clear explanation of the science and history behind the object’s development plus a materials list, student data sheets, and safety suggestions. The collection is useful to classroom teachers as well as scout leaders, engineers leading outreach activities, after-school and summer enrichment program staff, and parents.
Everyday Engineering may soon have your students taking a number of things apart—and putting together a lifelong interest in engineering.
|Intended User Role:||Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
Part One: What is This Thing Called Engineering?
Chapter One: An Introduction to Everyday Engineering
Part Two: Office Engineering
Chapter Two: What Makes a Bic Click?
Chapter Three: Clips and Clamps
Part Three: Kitchen Engineering
Chapter Four: Time’s Up, Turkey—Pop-Up Thermometers
Chapter Five: Charcoal—Can It Corral Chlorine?
Chapter Six: What Makes a Better Box?
Chapter Seven: It’s (Zipped) In the Bag
Part Four: Bathroom Engineering
Chapter Eight: An Absorbing Look at Terrycloth Towels
Chapter Nine: Toothbrush Design—Is There a Better Bristle?
Part Five: Electrical Engineering
Chapter Ten: Holiday Blinkers
Chapter Eleven: Windmills Are Going Around Again
Chapter Twelve: A Little (Flash) of Light
Part Five: Outdoor Recreational Engineering
Chapter Thirteen: Life Preservers—Increase Your v to Lower Your D
Chapter Fourteen: Ain’t She Sweet—Bats, Rackets, Golf clubs, and All
Chapter Fifteen: What Makes a Squirt Gun Squirt?
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National Standards Correlation
This resource has 14 correlations with the National Standards.
- Science and Technology
- Abilities of technological design
- Identify a simple problem.
- Propose a solution.
- Implementing proposed solutions
- Evaluate a product or design.
- Identify appropriate problems for technological design.
- Design a solution or product.
- Implement a proposed design.
- Evaluate completed technological designs or products
- Understanding about science and technology
- Scientific inquiry and technological design have similarities and differences. (5-8)
- Scientists propose explanations for questions about the natural world, and engineers propose solutions relating to human problems, needs, and aspirations. (5-8)
- Perfectly designed solutions do not exist. All technological solutions have trade-offs, such as safety, cost, efficiency, and appearance. (5-8)
- Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
- Science and technology in local challenges
- People continue inventing new ways of doing things, solving problems, and getting work done.
- Science and technology in society
- Technology influences society through its products and processes. (5-8)
- Technology influences the quality of life and the people act and interact. (5-8)
||Reviewed by: Ella Bowling (Brooksville, KY) on April 4, 2013
||This is a tremendous resource for integrating engineering concepts into the science classroom. A must have for working with the NGSS!
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