Children's Technology and Engineering

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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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Humor
"A sense of humor...is needed armor. Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips is a sign that the person down deep has a pretty good grasp of life. "Hugh SideyHugh Sidey, the American journalist, who worked for Life and Time magazines covering...
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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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Creative and Free Resources for the Classroom
online resourcesUniversal Design for Learning in ScienceWebsite:http://udl.portal.concord.org/signinDescription: Created by the Concord Consortium, this website provides practical online science materials for teachers to use in inclusive classrooms to...
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Humorous Faces in Technology
introductionWhen children hear the word engineer, most think of the conventional stereotype of a train operator. Even though we are surrounded by the products that engineers create, students often don't understand what engineers do (Knight & Cunningham,...
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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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Habits of Mind: Humor
Why was the thermometer smarter than the graduated cylinder? He had more degrees! (Engineenng.com)Yes, that joke can make adults groan, but it's perfect humor to engage young students in the day's lesson. Humor in education does not mean the teacher...
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Humor in the Classroom
The power of humor in the classroom cannot be overstated. Its use can be an important element in determining dispositions in the classroom. A growing body of research indicates that teachers who use humor regularly in their daily practice encourage better...
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Laugh!
Laugh! It is said that laughter is the best medicine. The positive physiological effects of laughter lead to higher-level thinking skills, anticipation, finding novel connections, making analogies, and release of endorphins. Being able to find humor...
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Building Tinfoil Boats
Book Used:Who Sank the Boat?by Pamela AlienAustralia: Thomas Nelson, 1982Time AllottedThree or four 45-60 minute class periodsstory synopsisBeside the sea, there once lived a cow, a donkey, a sheep, a pig, and a tiny little mouse. One warm, sunny morning-for...
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Using Humor in Design: USING THE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS TO UNDERSTAND FAILURE ANALYSIS
In various design projects, students are often challenged to utilize the engineering design process as a guide for their work. As a teacher, this can often be challenging, as some students can become frustrated if their initial design does not function...
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A Dwarf Planet or a Big Asteroid? BOTH!
From a distance, Ceres might look a bit like any other planet you might see.It's spherical, after all, and thats one of the biggest requirements of planethood. But put it next to any other planet and you would quickly see that it is seriously tiny. It's...
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Vol. 19, No. 3, March

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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The Mysteries of Mars: Exploring the Surface of MARS
Grade Level: 5An explorer searches the unfamiliar and has a deep curiosity for the unknown. In essence, they are the risk takers who are fearless, persistent, and possess all the qualities of a creative person (DeVore, Horton, & Lawson, 1989).Von...
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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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Keeping Curiosity Alive and Introducing Inquiry
Curiosity provides essential components to student interest and motivation in pursuing new and potentially difficult learning concepts. Curiosity is our desire to know and learn. For younger students, or those addressing complex topics for the first...
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Habits of Mind: Curiosity (Inquiry)
Welcome back, Children's Technology and Engineering journal readers! I hope you have enjoyed our themes so far. It seems that habits of mind are qualities that are at the forefront of many educational conversations. I am happy that we can help contribute...
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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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Creative and Free Resources for the Classroom
online resourcesKinetic CityWebsite: www.kineticcity.comDescription: Self-described as "the most amazing collection of science experiments, games, activities, challenges, and more," this site includes activities such as The Lab Car, Mission to Vearth,...
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Curiosity AND Metacognition
Children are naturally curious. In fact, all humans are curious at varying levels; it is just that most adults have curbed their curiosity for the sake of being "adult." Do we miss an important learning tool for continuous learning by failing to employ...
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Build Your Own Slingshot: Design, Create, Pull, Aim, and Fire!
standards* Standards for Technological Literacy: 8: A, B, C; 10: B, C, D, E* Math Virginia SOLs: 3.9a, 3.14, 3.17* Science Virginia SOLs: 3.1,3.2* Social Studies Virginia SOLs: 3.1objectives1. Students will be able to build a slingshot using simple machines.2....
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Clean Your Lake!
book synopsisThe water we drink and use today has been recycled for billions of years. The same water we drink from the tap could absolutely be the very same water that dinosaurs drank so many years ago. This book outlines the water cycle and the many...
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Vol. 19, No. 2, December

Creative and Free Resources for the Classroom
classroom resourceEcoExpress by GreenTreks NetworkWebsite: www.ecoexpress.orgDescription: The EcoExpress website, a program of the GreenTraks Network, offers an array of video clips on STEM and environmental topics for students in Grades K-4, 5-7, 8-10,...
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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

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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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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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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Vol. 18, No. 4, May

Creative and Free Resources for the Classroom
classroom resourceOne Minute MysteriesWebsite: http://sciencenaturallv.com/ mystery of the monthDescription: Science, Naturally! is an independent publisher with a mission of increasing STEM literacy. Their website self-describes the publisher as "bridging...
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Vol. 18, No. 2, December

Creative and Free Resources for the Classroom
classroom resourceSTEM Resources from First BookWebsite: http://stem.firstbook.org/resourcesDescription: Download posters for your classroom, educator guides containing student activities and age-appropriate career information for your students, compliments...
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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

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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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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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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