June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
26.1097.1 - 26.1097.2
Literacy and Engineering Design (Curriculum Exchange) [Blinded], an NSF-‐funded project at [blinded] University, engages 1st-‐8th grade students and educators in engineering, using books as a context for client-‐centered, open-‐ended design challenges. Texts can be fiction or non-‐fiction and are ones that are already included as part of classroom instruction. Students build solutions, using materials that include found and recycled, to help characters with problems they’ve identified in their reading that meet the constraints and requirements found in the book. The project prepares educators through professional development focusing on understanding engineering and identifying the beginnings of engineering in students, a web resource, and numerous support materials. At the curriculum exchange, we will share a sample classroom-‐tested, teacher-‐created lesson unit for The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankenweiler as well as examples of student work. The book tells the story of two siblings, Claudia and Jamie, who run away from their home to hide in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York where they need to stay hidden and solve a mystery. The book has been used in several classrooms for the [blinded] project with students making a variety of devices that are to solve the identified problems. Devices have included a scoop to gather money from fountains without getting wet, a communication systems to allow the siblings to send messages while remaining hidden, and a design that distract guards to allow for quick escapes in sticky situations. The project will also share links to resources to learn more about the approach and professional development opportunities.
McCormick, M., & Milto, E. C. (2015, June), Literacy and Engineering Design (Curriculum Exchange) Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24434
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