Children's Technology and Engineering

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Vol. 21, No. 4, May

Engaging Children in Engineering Design through the World of Quadcopters
The interest in engineering education for K-12 students has been rising (Carr, Bennett IV, & Strobel, 2012; Strimel, Grubbs, & Wells, 2016), and the importance of engineering education is discussed as early as the elementary school level (Hegedus,...
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Visiting an Asteroid
Our solar system is a busy place. We have the sun, eight planets, at least five dwarf planets, and more than 170 moons. But we also have millions of comets and asteroids. One of these asteroids Is named Bennu. Bennu Is large, and It orbits the sun near...
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Electroluminescent Wire
I have always been fascinated with neon lights. They are bright and colorful and very expensive! There is, however, an inexpensive alternative to "putting your name up in lights." Electroluminescent wire, also known as EL wire, consists of two sets of...
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STANDARDS FOR TECHNOLOGICAL LITERACY the Designed World
Designers. What is a designer? According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a designer is "a person who plans how something new will look and be made; a person who creates and often produces a new product, style, etc." A civilized world without design...
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The Designed World
Welcome back CTE Journal readers! This is our last installment of this publication year and my last as your Field Editor, It is with bittersweet emotion that I bid our fantastic journal goodbye, My family has undergone a lot of changes over the last...
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Vol. 21, No. 3, March

Design and Abilities for a Technological World
Welcome CTE journal readers! We are in our third issue of this year's theme: A Focus on Standards for Technological Literacy. Our focus for this issue is "Design and Abilities for a Technological World." This issue is filled with ways we can help students...
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DESIGN AND ABILITIES FOR A TECHNOLOGICAL WORLD Applying the Design Process
Everyone has the ability to design. This is why it is so important for students at the elementary school level to have ample opportunities that allow them to develop this ability. For our middle and high school students to succeed at becoming 21st century...
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Architectural Drafting and Design
Drafting is a great career that allows you to take a design from an idea in your mind into a three-dimensional rendering utilizing computer-aided software. Drafters work with architects, builders, and engineers to create technical drawings that are utilized...
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Design and Cr Eate Your World with Stem
Design is the backbone of technological advancement in our society. Design skills are highly sought as creative 21st century skills. Many consider design skills to be based solely on artistic creativity, but designing for technological advancement goes...
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A New Home for Crayons
Book Used:The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers New York: NY: Philomel Books, 2015 [48 pages; ISBN 0008124434]Grade Level: 2nd GradeRead-aloud at: www.voutube.com/ watch?v=I1D1dyPBOvobook synopsisA boy name Duncan was coloring...
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Vol. 21, No. 2, 2016

Petroleum Engineer
In the early 1900s Henry Ford made a significant contribution to us: the affordable car! This innovation allowed more people the opportunity to not only purchase a vehicle, but travel farther for jobs and pleasure. With this innovation, demand for fuel...
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Let's Go Camping: Grade Level: 3rd
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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What's in Space?
When you look up at the night sky, you see stars and sometimes the moon and the brighter planets. Away from city lights, on a clear night, you might see the beautiful band of the Milky Way stretching across the sky.Is there anything else up there in...
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Technology and Society
Welcome back CTE journal readers! We are well on our way through half of the school year and half of our endeavor to learn more about the Standards for Technological Literacy content standards. Our first journal theme was about the Nature of Technology....
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STL - TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY How Technology Affects Society
This issue's theme is about the relationship between technology and society. Just as the importance of stone tools, circa 2.5 million years ago, made an impact on human development, today's technology is shaping and charting the course for future technological...
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Engineering a Play: An Approach to Integrated Instruction
introductionThe elementary classroom is uniquely designed to provide opportunities that integrate curriculum in meaningful ways. Ketchledge and Cantu (2013) remind us that teachers enjoy teaching across disciplines even more when they are able to integrate...
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Vol. 21, No. 1, September

Exploring the Nature of Technology
Welcome back, Children's Technology and Engineering journal readers! I hope you have had a great summer and are ready to start another exciting school year! We have covered so many great themes in the past- focusing on content areas, engineering ideas,...
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STL - THE NATURE OF TECHNOLOGY: Understanding Engineering Design
Wanting to know how the universe works is fundamental to human nature, but needing to know has become necessary in our technological world.Part of that strategy includes understanding "engineering design" and how vital this concept is to progressing...
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Nursing
introductionNurses account for the largest occupation in healthcare. They are among the first healthcare providers to attend to a patient in a physician's office or hospital. They help to coordinate care, administer treatments, educate patients, and...
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EXPLORING THE NATURE OF TECHNOLOGY: CREATING A TIMELINE OF EVENTS FOR UNDERSTANDING the Evolution of the Telephone
One of the best ways to learn about present-day technologies is to explore their history. Students often are surprised when you show them what products used to look like. This process is important so students can gain an understanding of why products...
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Nature of Technology
Technology is integrated into all aspects of our lives and becoming more ingrained daily. As STEM educators, we are responsible for ensuring that our students understand the nature of technology and how we can empower them to make educated choices for...
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THE NATURE OF TECHNOLOGY: Unraveling Technological Literacy!
Technology is everywhere in our society. Even the simplest activities, such as pumping gas, require technology to pump and pay for it. We live in a world where technology integration seems ubiquitous, and we devote our talents to teaching learners about...
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Secrets of the Deep
secrets of the deep Book Used: Magic Tree House #39: Dark Day in the Deep Sea by Mary Pope Osborne New York, NY: Random House, 2008 ISBN 978-0-375-83732-6summaryCompassion is the wish to see others free from suffering.The Dalai LamaAnyone who has ever...
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Understanding Technology: It's "In the Bag"
Young children typically have two common misconceptions about technologies: (1) They're powered by electricity, and (2) only objects with moving parts are "technologies." If you ask an elementary student what technology means, she's likely to tell you...
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Studying the Sun Is a Gas!
If someone asked you to draw the sun, would you make a little yellow circle with lines coming out of it? That's fun, but what does the sun look like up close? We can see the shapes and outlines of craters and mountains on the moon, but what about the...
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Vol. 20, No. 4, May

Critical Thinking - from Buszzword to Action
Critical thinking is a term that is thrown around a lot in education. Read the description for any new program or product, especially if there's a STEM label on it, and you'll likely find that it "promotes critical thinking!" Read through the vision...
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The Space the Place Earthquakes and GPS
Earthquakes can be serious, scary events. The ground shakes and rolls. Things can fly off shelves, and buildings can col - lapse. We can do a lot to prepare for earthquakes before they happen. But what can we do to prepare for what happens after them?When...
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21ST CENTURY SKILLS: CRITICAL THINKING Computer, ATM, and Office Machine Repairs
introductionFor students looking for a career right after high school with little to no additional training, computer, ATM, and office machine repairers may be a job to consider. This type of career is ideal for those who are good with technology and...
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Vol. 20, No. 3, March

21st Century Skill: Social and Cultural Skills
We need diversity of thought in the world to face the new challenges.-Tim Berners-LeeEducators in the primary grades are tasked more and more often with finding ways to integrate 21st Century Skills and STEM in their classrooms. CTE is here to help you...
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21ST CENTURY SKILLS: SOCIAL AND CULTURAL Police AND Detectives
introductionPolice officers and detectives use social and cultural skills to make sure that citizens are protected and safe. They are also involved with solving crimes and making sure that people are held accountable for their actions.police officers...
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Toys of the World TEACH SOCIAL AND CULTURAL SKILLS
Communication in a STEM workgroup requires culturally effective listening, empathy, and effective communication skills. Part of teaching students to be responsible citizens in the 21st Century is teaching social and cultural skills to promote the STEM...
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Social and Cultural Capital THE HEART OF STEM SUCCESS
Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are the heart and lifeblood of today's learning and economic stability. STEM encompasses all walks of life, as technology and its different applications permeate all disciplines-not just those listed...
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Vol. 20, No. 2, December

Message from the Children's Council President
communicationThis issue's theme of communication is one that brings to mind hundreds of ways we can help our students master crucial 21st Century Skills. Journalist Jane VelezMitchell stated that, "In elementary school, we should teach nonviolent conflict...
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21ST CENTURY SKILLS: COMMUNICATION: Computer Network Architect
introductionComputer network architects design and build data communication networks, including Local Area Networks (LANs), Wide Area Networks (WANs), and intranets. Communication and technology skills are paramount in this particular career.computer...
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Vol. 20, No. 1, September

Fostering Collaboration
Welcome to the 2015-2016 year of the Children's Council and Children's Technology and Engineering journal. As Amy Poehler recommends, "As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people's ideas are...
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21ST CENTURY SKILLS: COLLABORATION: Urban AND Regional Planners
introductionUrban and regional planners collaborate with public officials, developers, and the public regarding development plans and land use. They also use technology to study data and write proposals relating to development scenarios.responsibilities...
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Using Problem-Solving Skills to Construct Airplanes - Becoming an Engineer!
Book Used: Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty Illustrated by David Roberts New York: Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2013Grades 3-4 Technology Education and Science Projectobjectives1. Given a technology (computer or iPad), students will complete...
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Vol. 19, No. 4, May

Habits of Mind: Humor
Welcome back, Children's Technology and Engineering readers! Can you believe this Is our final installment for the 2015-2016 school year? We have worked through several habits of mind so far that I hope have Inspired you in your teachings. This month's...
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LAUGHING AT FAILURE: Troubleshooting Paper Structures
In Creating Innovators: The Making of Young People Who Will Change the World, Tony Wagner (2012) recommends that students at a young age should be encouraged to fail early, and fail oñen. Such experiences foster students' ability to recognize mistakes...
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HABITS OF MIND: HUMOR Multimedia Artists AND Animators
introductionMultimedia artists and animators must use humor and technology, such as CGI (Computer-Generated Images) or computer code to create visual effects and animation for television programming, movies, and many other forms of media.responsibilities...
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Vol. 19, No. 3, March

Curiosity and Inquiry
In this issue of Children's Technology and Engineering we are examining the theme of curiosity (inquiry) and once again sharing techniques, strategies, and ideas that help us teach and help our students cultivate the skills of inquiry and curiosity in...
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HABITS OF MIND: INQUIRY Genetic Counselors
introductionGenetic counselors must use inquiry and technology to determine individual or family risk for a variety of inherited conditions, such as genetic disorders and birth defects. They share their research with families who are concerned about...
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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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Habits of Mind: Curiosity
Einstein (n.d.) claimed that he had no special talents but was passionately curious. Merriam Webster defines curiosity as "the desire to learn or know more about something or someone" (Merriam Webster, 2014). Learners possess natural and trained curiosity...
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Creating the Curious Classroom
Curiosity and inquiry are two concepts that teachers have probably heard about many times. They relate directly to several of the sixteen habits of mind (Costa & Kallick, 2008), which are important for developing our students into better lifelong...
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Super STEM Schools
The Super STEM Schools section highlights 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!This issue's nominated...
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Vol. 19, No. 2, December

Making Engineeing Design Relatable for All Students
overviewAlthough a multitude of STEM efforts are taking place, many students find it difficult to relate to the concept of engineering. This activity connects the "engineering design process" to problems that students encounter in their individual lives...
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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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Habits of Mind: Developing Problem-Solving Strategies for All Learners
A habit is something we have all developed in our lives. We have habits for how we eat our food, sleep, and get ready for school in the morning. These habits are learned and refined over the years, changes introduced accepted or rejected, until we reach...
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Project-Based Science a Pathway to Problem-Solving Skills
Toledo Public SchoolsOver the last three years I have participated in a National Science Foundation Grant with the University of Toledo, the Toledo Catholic Diocese, Toledo Public Schools, and Monroe Independent School District called LEADERS. This grant...
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Super STEM School
The Super STEM Schools section highlights 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!This issue's nominated...
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A Fresh Look at Old Images Provides a Glimpse into the Past
Sometimes, going back and trying new things with old data Is the best way to solve a problem in science. A group of astronomers wanted to find solar systems in the early stages of their formation so they could get a sense of how ours formed. They needed...
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Vol. 19, No. 1, September

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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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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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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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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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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Vol. 18, No. 2, December

Inquiry: Beaches on the Move!
dynamic coast: introductionThe coastal environment is a dynamic and ever-changing place. Water and wind conspire to change the land-land that is coveted by humans. Studying the shoreline and its unique processes, particularly what happens on a beach...
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Teaching STEM Inquiry Througn Biomimicry and Photography
Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature Janine M. Benyus, (2002). New York, NY: William Morrow Paperbacks. ISBN: 978-0060533229Discovering the Secrets of Nature Richard Brightfield, (2001). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill School Division. ISBN: 978-0021852499Discovering...
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Space the Place a Universal Question
Scientists are constantly asking questions about how the universe works. Sometimes the answers to these questions create even more questions. What happens to the universe in the future? is a good example of such a question. Scientists thought they had...
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Paper Engineering Contest
for PreK- 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. 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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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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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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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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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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