Academic journal article Technology and Engineering Teacher

Every Drop Matters

Academic journal article Technology and Engineering Teacher

Every Drop Matters

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Through the use of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), humanity has solved problems and overcome barriers that have existed in our world. We have increased our life expectancy, provided goods and services to a world market, and provided access to incredible amounts of information anywhere in the world with the click of a button.

Yet problems and barriers affecting human existence still remain. The National Academy of Engineering has cited 14 Grand Challenges for Engineers. These 14 challenges, if successfully met by future generations of innovators, will greatly improve the quality of life for all peoples of the world.

ITEEA's Engineering byDesign program has developed curriculum for the elementary grades known as EbD-TEEMS (Technology-Engineering-Environment-Mathematics-Science). The EbD-TEEMS curriculum presents technological design challenges in an environmental context as the focus for learning. One of the features of the curriculum is the employment of the Grand Challenges for Engineering to provide a vehicle for integration and context for problem solving.

The current fifth grade EbD-TEEMS Building Block is entitled Every Drop Matters. The experience is based on the Grand Engineering Challenge of providing access to clean water. …

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