Children's Technology and Engineering

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Vol. 19, No. 1, September

Welcome Back!
Welcome back for another great year of the Children's Technology and Engineering journal! My name is Diana V. Cantu, and I will serve as the new Field Editor for CTE. As you may have read in last May's journal, Joey Rider-Bertrand, the previous Field...
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Habits of Mind: Creativity
Welcome to the 2014-2015 year of the Children's Council and Children's Technology and Engineering journal. Our goals this year are to discover and make more STEM connections and resources readily available for our elementary colleagues around the globe....
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Designing Hockey Pucks: OVERCOMING FRICTION WITH CREATIVITY
introductionCreativity, according to www.merriam-webster.com (2014), is "the ability to make new things or think of new ideas." Creativity involves imagination, ingenuity, innovation, and invention. Each of these qualities is an integral component of...
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Transform Me! Promoting Children's Creativity through Newfangled Upcycling
Can you learn to be more creative? According to Sir Ken Robinson (2011), an international expert on creativity, it is definitely possible to enhance one's creativity. He suggests that "...everyone has huge creative capacities as a natural result of being...
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Producers and Directors
introductionProducers and directors create motion pictures, television programs, theatrical productions, and other creative endeavors. A creative mind is necessary to interpret a script in such a manner so as to facilitate a production that will be well...
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Creative and Free Resources for the Classroom
classroom resourceTry EngineeringWebsite: http://trvenaineerina.orgDescription: This informative and interactive website is made possible by IBM, IEEE, and TryScience. The site contains resources for students ages 8-18, as well as for teachers, parents,...
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STEM Preservice Teacher Spotlight
The STEM Preservice Teacher Spotlight is dedicated to recognizing future elementary STEM educators who are enrolled in innovative elementary STEM education programs. The universities featured in this section believe these nominated students are inventive,...
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Creative Techniques for Young Inventors
Have you ever seen a simple invention and said to yourself, "I wish I had thought ofthat"? Many of us despairingly pass it off as, "I guess I am just not creative enough." However, in studying numerous people, Abraham Maslow, the well-known psychologist,...
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Habits of Mind: Creativity
To some, the definitions of habit and creativity may seem to be opposites. Most of us view creativity as free, unstructured exploration, while habits are learned behaviors that assist in performing often routine tasks. Sir Ken Robinson, a creativity...
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This Issue's Nominated Elementary School Is: Henderson Elementary School Prince William County, VA
The Super STEM Schools section will highlight elementary schools that are engaging in active STEM education. These nominated schools are doing SUPER things to promote student interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics!Henderson Elementary...
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Creativity and the Web
On doing a simple search for teaching creativity on the Internet, I found several good articles on the subject.Educational Leadership has an entire issue with the topic theme, Creativity Now! (Volume 70, No. 5, February, 2013). In it are several articles...
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Creating Imagining and Innovating
Creating, imagining, and innovating are a part of the daily lives of most people. Changing a recipe to suit your taste or trying a new method to get something done at work uses these Habits of Mind. Children naturally have the ability to imagine creative...
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Rescue Rover
rescue rover Book Used: Andrew Clements, Author Ellen Beier, Illustrator Tara and Tiree, Fearless Friends: A True Story 1949, New York, NY: Simon and Schuster ISBN: 0-689-82917-5book synopsis:When Jim falls through the ice on a lake, his two dogs, Tara...
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A Glimpse into the Past
Science would be a lot easier with a time machine, wouldn't it? That's because a lot of questions that science deals with are about the past-something that can be only imagined, and not seen with our own eyes. That's why it takes some pretty creative...
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Paper Engineering Contest
for PreK-6 StudentsThe Children's Council of ITEEA (www.tecchome.org) is sponsoring a paper engineering contest for all PreK-6 students in the United States. The contest supports two of the Children's Council's goals: to promote children's creativity,...
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Vol. 18, No. 1, September

Design
introduction and definition of designThere are as many different definitions for design as there are disciplines that use design. Essentially they all describe using creativity for a purpose or function (http://dictionary.reference.com/ browse/design)....
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The Sketchbook - INDISPENSABLE TOOL OF THE YOUNG DESIGNER
prologueMy colleague and fellow Viking, Roger Skophammer, told me about the animated movie How To Train Your Dragon (Dreamworks, 2010) as a potential integrated STEM concept. I had not seen the movie, so I went to a reliable source (my grandkids) to...
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Discovering the Amazing World of Frank Lloyd Wright's Designs
Frank Lloyd Wright for Kids: His Life and IdeasKathleen Thorne-ThomsenChicago, Illinois: Chicago Review Press, Inc. (1994).ISBN: 978-1-55652-207-9 $16.95 USDsummaryDesign is one of the crucial elements humans possess that separates us from most other...
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Creative and Free Resources for the Classroom
classroom resourceEngineers in the ClassroomWebsite: www.lockheedmartin.com/us/ aeronautics/community-relations/engineers-in-the-classroom.htmlDescription: Lockheed Martin's Engineers in the Classroom program provides STEM outreach to kindergarten through...
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Paper Engineering Contest
for PreK-6 StudentsITEEA's Children's Council (www.tecchome.org) is sponsoring a paper engineering contest for all PreK-6 students in the United States. The contest supports two of the Children's Council's goals: to promote children's creativity, ingenuity,...
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Vol. 17, No. 4, May

An Unlikely Partnership STEM and Social Studies
The ideas were evolving and the creative juices flowing. The Gees Bend Quilt exhibit was coming to The Museum of Art in Philadelphia! It would coincide with Black History Month and could be integrated with our heritage unit in social studies. I was able...
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Creative and Free Resources for the Classroom
materialsARKive School MuseumWebsite: www.arkive.org/educationDescription: ARKive is a not-for-profit initiative of the charity Wildscreen. Thanks to filmmakers and photographers, conservationists and scientists, ARKive is creating a digital record of...
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Hands through History
hands through history These Hands Mason, Margaret H. Illustrated by Floyd Cooper New York, NY: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children. (201 1] ISBN: 978-0-547-21566-2summaryJoseph's grandfather introduces Joseph to a different world by showing him all the...
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Paper Engineering Contest
for PreK-6 StudentsThe Children's Council of ITEEA (www.tecchome.org) is sponsoring a paper engineering contest for all PreK-6 students in the United States. The contest supports two of the Children's Council's goals: to promote children's creativity,...
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What Moves You?
Adapted from EbD-TEEMS(TM) Community Connections for Grade 5^rintroductionIn the United States, the places where people live are divided into three main categories: urban, suburban, and rural areas. Urban areas, which are often called cities, have many...
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Vol. 17, No. 3, March

Math: Core Connections Tackling Math with Technology
While visiting an elementary school, I had the opportunity to observe two different teachers working with students on a math lesson dealing with calculating elapsed time. The first teacher reviewed with the students how to calculate elapsed time and...
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Fun with Math: Word Problems Galore!
fun with math: word problems galore! Math Curse Scieszka, J. & Smith, L (1995) New York, NY: Viking, a division of Penguin Books USA, Inc. ISBN: 0-670-86194-4. US 16.99/CAN 22.00Ages 8 and upGrades 3-5summaryAuthor Jon Scieszka and illustrator Lane...
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Technology and Engineering Career Opportunities That User Mathematics
introductionWhile, on the surface, many technical and engineering careers may not appear to use mathematics extensively, this couldn't be farther from the truth. Studying mathematics and science in school is necessary to become prepared for university...
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Creative and Free Resources for the Classroom
materialsInfographiesWebsite: http://infogr.amDescription: Create amazing graphics to display data in just minutes using this free online application. Instead of adding static charts and graphs to reports, have students use Infographies to present data...
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Vol. 17, No. 2, December

Paper Engineering Contest
for PreK-6 StudentsThe Children's Council of ITEEA (www.tecchome.org) is sponsoring a paper engineering contest for all PreK-6 students in the United States. The contest supports two of the Children's Council's goals: to promote children's creativity,...
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Engaging Elementary Students
The Committee on Conceptual Framework for the New K-12 Science Standards states in the opening paragraph of its publication:Science, engineering, and technology permeate nearly every facet of modern life, and they also hold the key to meeting many of...
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Creative and Free Resources for the Classroom
materialsScience Screen Report VideosWebsite: www.ssrvideo.com/index.htmlDescription: This website provides access to an award-winning series of videos provided to schools free of charge (registration required). The programs examine the most recent developments...
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What Lives in Our Neighborhood?
overviewMost of us go through our lives entirely unaware of the life that surrounds us. This activity is designed to show students about the variety of living things that live in their neighborhood. This activity is adapted from Project B. U. G. (Biodiversity...
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Core Connections: SCIENCE
core connections: SCIENCE All the Water in the World George Ella Lyon and Katherine Tillotson (2011)summaryCurious youngsters often question the exact origin of water. "But where does it come from?" is a familiar refrain among preschool kids. Many books...
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Our Crazy Quilt of Planets
If all trees were blue, and every tree you had ever seen was blue, would you ask "Why are trees blue?" Maybe not. But if suddenly one day you saw a green tree, wouldn't you ask "Why is this tree green, when all the others are blue?" That's what happens...
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Vol. 17, No. 1, September

Funding Solutions
creative and free resources for the classroommaterialsSunWise Toolkit from the EPAWebsite: www.epa.gov/sunwise/toolkit. htmlDescription: The SunWise Tool Kit is a collection of lessons and background information for teaching the SunWise Program. Distributed...
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Career Opportunities in Technology and Engineering Professions That Use Language Arts
introductionThe notion that professionals in technology- and engineering-related fields are poor communicators and have very little interaction with others is a common misconception. In fact, effective command of language is a critical aspect of employment...
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Taking the Search out of Search and Rescue
"Help! Help!"The cries came from over the next hill. Papa and I looked at each other with wide eyes. Oh no! Could it be . . .?"Help!"We hurried along the narrow trail toward the voice. We had to step carefully, though. This was the worst part of the...
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Core Connections to Language Arts
core connections to language arts Wolitzer, M. (2011) The Fingertips of Duncan Dorfman Boston, MA, USA: Dutton Juvenile ISBN-13: 978-0525423041 Ages 9-13. Grades 3-7summaryWith insightful observations, a delightful sense of humor, and a touch of quirkiness,...
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Vol. 16, No. 4, May

EDITORIAL Culture and Technology
An issue of Technology and Children, titled "Exploring Culture," was developed in 2005 as a means to explore the links between technology and culture. During the last seven years - enriching ones forali involved - we have looked at the influence of technology...
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Message from the Children's Council President the State of the Children's Council
This is an exciting time for technology and engineering. We just had a wonderful conference in Long Beach and are looking forward to record-breaking numbers in Columbus, Ohio next year, to celebrate our big 75th anniversary. Please join us, and make...
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BOOKS to BRIEFS Meet Jamela
Daly, N. (1999). Jameia's Dress. New York, NY: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. ISBN: 0-374-35602-5 $16.00 USDDaly, N. (2001). What's Cooking, Jamela? New York, NY: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux. ISBN: 0-374-33667-9 $16.00 USDsummaryCurious, good-natured,...
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The Space Place: Dancing Lights Mystified Ancestors
Like draperies, curving sheets of green, red, and blue light ripple across the night sky. The stars shine in the background. Sometimes the sheets of light wave slowly and gracefully. Other times they shimmer or flicker as if being shaken.These are the...
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Vol. 16, No. 3, March

Another Lap for the Plucky Planet
(Sun and Earth have a chat)"Well, another year's passed for you, little blue Earth.You've run one more lap 'round my blazing hot girth.Through my merciless winds, for yet one more yearYou've kept a firm hold on your atmosphere.""Dear Sun, you're most...
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Structure Relay
When I was a kid, music, art, library, and physical education (PE) were activities that were very different from my general classroom experience.The activities I did in those classes were completely removed, both physically and instructionally, from...
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Vol. 16, No. 2, December

Music as a Vehicle for Cross-Subject Integretion
What do music and technology have to do with one another? Plenty! I myself am living proof that the two go together like D and Am7 (two of my favorite chords). In addition to my day job as the Technology Specialist for Honey Creek Community School, I...
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Music and Engineering - a Perfect Duet
I know what you are thinking - music and engineering? There is just no way the two go together. Well, as I have discovered over the past few years, music and engineering actually are the perfect pair.Engineering fits into all academic areas that a classroom...
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Vol. 16, No. 1, September

Art and Technology
W elcome to our first fully electronic version of Children's Technology and Engineering!We begin this new school year with an interesting and informative look at the integration of the arts into STEM, creating a new field called "STEAM." The addition...
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Children's Engineering and the Arts
Children's engineering is on the move . . . literally. We are thrilled about how children's engineering is popping up everywhere across the curriculum and around the nation. We are energized about the opportunity to share this growing excitement of integration...
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Picture This! Illustrated and Digital Alphabets
summary"A picture is worth a thousand words." - Frederick Barnard"You don't take a photograph, you make it." - Ansel AdamsSometimes we call photographs "pictures" in order to help people understand that we are capturing one moment in time with a camera....
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Ideas for Integrating Technology Education into Everyday Learning
Historically, humans have used engineering and technology to solve problems. But that's not good enough for our creative and beauty-loving nature. Even in ancient times, perfectly fine protective cave walls were covered with petroglyphs, and simple clay...
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