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Literacy and Engineering Design (Curriculum Exchange)

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Conference

2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Curriculum Exchange

Tagged Division

K-12 & Pre-College Engineering

Page Count

2

Page Numbers

26.1097.1 - 26.1097.2

DOI

10.18260/p.24434

Permanent URL

https://peer.asee.org/24434

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134

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Mary McCormick Tufts University

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Elissa C Milto Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach

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Abstract

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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