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  • Uncovering Student Ideas About Engineering and Technology: 32 New Formative Assessment Probes

    NSTA Press Book | March 2020

    New in 2020! Download and read a sample chapter from this book to learn more. Have you been wondering how well your students understand engineering and technology concepts? Have you been wishing for formative…

  • Surrounded by Technologies

    Lesson Plan | August 2020

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ understanding of the word technology. The probe is designed to find out if students are aware that they live in a world composed almost entirely of…

  • Is It a Technology?

    Lesson Plan | August 2020

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about what is and what is not technology. The probe is designed to find out if students have a broad understanding of technology as defined in the…

  • What’s the Purpose of Technology?

    Lesson Plan | August 2020

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about the purpose of technology. The probe is designed to find out if students recognize that technologies are developed to meet human needs and preserve…

  • How Do Technologies Change?

    Lesson Plan | August 2020

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about how technologies change. The probe is designed to see if students are aware of the way nearly all technologies change over time.

  • Block Diagrams

    Lesson Plan | August 2020

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about block diagrams. The probe is designed to examine how students interpret a block diagram, and to determine whether they recognize that technologies…

  • Technology, System, or Both?

    Lesson Plan | August 2020

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about technological systems. The probe is designed to determine if students are able to envision how a system is made up of parts and can do something…

  • Systems Within Systems

    Lesson Plan | August 2020

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about technological systems. The probe is designed to determine the extent to which students recognize that all systems are nested within and…

  • Who Engineers?

    Lesson Plan | August 2020

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about engineers. The probe is designed to reveal how students think about who is an engineer and the kind of work engineers do.

  • Who Can Become an Engineer?

    Lesson Plan | August 2020

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about who can become an engineer. The probe is designed to reveal whether students recognize that anyone can become an engineer as long as they study…

  • Team Players?

    Lesson Plan | August 2020

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit student’ ideas about engineers and teamwork. The probe is designed to see if students recognize that different types of engineers and other professionals must work as…

  • Working Together to Save Lives

    Lesson Plan | August 2020

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about the role of different professions in contributing to the solution of a problem that benefits society, such as the development of a lifesaving…

  • How Are Science and Engineering Similar?

    Lesson Plan | August 2020

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about the ways in which science and engineering are similar. The probe is designed to reveal whether students understand that science and engineering…

  • Is Engineering Creative?

    Lesson Plan | August 2020

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about creativity in engineering. The probe is designed to determine the extent to which students think that creativity is an important part of…

  • Reasons for Success

    Lesson Plan | August 2020

    The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about the use of evidence and reasoning to support a claim. The probe is designed to see if students apply systematic methods of reasoning from evidence…

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