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The Go-To Guide for Engineering Curricula, Grades 6-8

The Go-To Guide for Engineering Curricula, Grades 6-8
Choosing and Using the Best Instructional Materials for Your Students

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© 2015 | 248 pages | Corwin

How to engineer change in your middle school science classroom

With the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards, your students won’t just be scientists—they’ll be engineers. But that doesn’t mean you need to reinvent the wheel. Respected science educator Cary Sneider has done the groundwork for you, collecting a full range of time-tested curriculum materials to seamlessly weave engineering and technology concepts into your math and science lessons.

In this volume, you’ll find descriptions of instructional materials specifically created for—and tested in—middle school science classrooms. Features include

  • A handy table that takes you straight to the chapters most relevant to your needs
  • In-depth commentaries and illustrative examples that demystify engineering curricula at the middle school level
  • A vivid picture of what each curriculum looks like in the classroom, the learning goals it accomplishes, and how it helps address the NGSS
  • More information on the integration of engineering and technology into 21st-century science classrooms—and why it will make a difference 

One of the most well-respected science educators in the country, Cary Sneider was an NGSS Writing Team Leader and is an associate research professor at Portland State University. 

"This publication uses hands-on explorations that impact students by getting them to think like an engineer. It's also great for exploring the engineering world through experiences using science and engineering, and for the actual doing of science and engineering using the design process."
—Kendall Starkweather, Executive Director
International Technology Education Association

"This book will help you engage your students in grade-level engineering activities. All you need to do is pick it up and get ready to implement it in your classroom."

—Jo Ann Vasquez, Vice President
Educational Practice for Helios Education Foundation

Janet Kolodner
Cary Sneider
Cary Sneider
Technology and Engineering in Middle School Standards
Cary Sneider
Marisa Wolsky
1. Design Squad: Inspiring a New Generation of Engineers
Bernie Zubrowski
2. Models in Technology and Science
Richard Moyer
3. Everyday Engineering: Putting the E in STEM Teaching and Learning
Marion Usselman & Mike Ryan
4. SLIDER: Science Learning Integrating Design, Engineering, and Robotics
Celeste Baine
5. Teaching Engineering Made Easy
Roy Beven
6. Fender Bender Physics
Brooke Bourdelat-Parks & Pam Van Scotter
7. Technology in Practice: Applications and Innovations
Joe Krajcik & David Fortus
8. Engineering in IQWST
Janet Kolodner, Barbara Zham, & Ruta Demery
9. Project-Based Inquiry Science
Barbara Nagle
10. Engineering Design in SEPUP's Middle School Issue-Oriented Science Program
Emily McLeod & Linda Kekelis
11. Techbridge: Engaging Girls in STEM in Out-of-School Time
Jason Sayres, Mercedes McKay, & Arthur Camins
12. WaterBotics: Underwater Robots Built With LEGO Materials
Peter Wong
13. Engineering Now
Barry Burke
14. Engineering by Design: An Integrative STEM Approach to Middle School
Key features
  • Assembles under one cover a collection of in-depth commentaries and illustrative examples that demystify and bring to life the quality existing 6-8 Engineering curricula that meet the NGSS Grade Standards for middle school education
  • Provides a complete description of the program written by the currriculum PI that describes what their curriculum looks like in the classroom, what learning goals it is intended to accomplish, and how it will help teachers address the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Each chapter describes one set of instructional materials, usually modules for the middle school
  • Author Cary Sneider is one of the most respected Science educators in the field and is well known for his ground breaking work in this area.

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