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  1. Teacher Reflection: Wargel, Slow Boats, Fall 2017

    17 Jan 2018 | Teacher Reflections

    The slow boat activity worked well as a culminating activity for force and motion.

  2. Slow Boat PowerPoint Presentation

    29 Jun 2017 | Downloads

    This PowerPoint presentation was designed to accompany the SLED Slow Boat activity.

  3. Slow Boat PowerPoint Presentation Summer 2017

    29 Jun 2017 | Downloads

    This PowerPoint presentation accompanied the Slow Boat design activity at the SLED summer workshops in 2017.

  4. Dog gone it!

    08 Jun 2015 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): Nancy Irene Tyrie

    This design challenge, for students in grade 3, focuses on simple and compound machines. The objective of the challenge is to design a compound machine to help a large breed of dog to get into and out of the back of a car.

  5. STEMEdhub: Supporting STEM Education Initiatives via the H U Bzero Platform

    07 Apr 2015 | Publications

    Built as one of 60+ hubs on the HUBzero platform, STEMEdhub was developed in 2011 as a resource for research, education, and collaboration in STEM education. The hub currently supports 82 different groups. In this article, the authors describe two specific groups (SLED and AAU) that are taking...

  6. Bio-Inspired Paper Flowers

    03 Jun 2014 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): Nancy Irene Tyrie

    This grade 3 lesson introduces students to the basic structures of plants and their functions. Students are challenged to create paper flowers that turn colors through processes that mimics how real plants function.

  7. Save the Wolf (Simple Machines)

    03 Jun 2014 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): Nancy Irene Tyrie

    This grade 3 design lesson introduces simple machines and challenges students to use simple machines to create a device to capture a wolf.

  8. Earthen Dam Design Task

    03 Jun 2014 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): Nancy Irene Tyrie

    This grade 3 design task focuses on earth materials and the construction of an earthen dam.

  9. Drink Pouch

    11 Jun 2013 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): Nancy Irene Tyrie

    This 3rd grade design activity is focused on creating a drink pouch that can keep a drink cool in the hot sun.

  10. Slow Boat PowerPoint

    11 Jun 2013 | Teaching Materials

    The PowerPoint slides which accompanied the Slow Boat design task at the 2013 Summer Institute.

  11. Slow Boat

    11 Jun 2013 | Lesson Plans

    This 4th grade design task lesson focuses on the concept of drag by asking students to develop ways to slow down a boat.

  12. Design of Musical Instruments for a Rock Band

    10 Jun 2013 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): Nancy Irene Tyrie

    This grade 3 design task helps students to learn about sound by designing a stringed musical instrument.

  13. Sound Absorption

    09 Jun 2013 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): Nancy Irene Tyrie

    This grade 3 lesson plan focuses on a design task to create a wall to absorb sound.

  14. Exploring Whirligigs

    09 Jun 2013 | Lesson Plans | Contributor(s): Nancy Irene Tyrie

    This inquiry lesson, for grades 3-4, involves students conducting a fair test investigation to determine the way an object (a whirligig) falls through the air and how this fall depends on its mass, surface area, and other factors. This lesson is an adaptation of a lesson developed by...

  15. Think-aloud Protocol Analysis as a Measure of Students' Science Learning through Design Assessment

    28 Mar 2012 | Publications

    Research has indicated that authentic engineering design tasks hold the attention andinterest of students and can lead to deeper levels of science engagement (Fortus, Dershimer, Krajcik, Marx, & Mamlok-Naaman, 2004; Roth, 1996; 1997; 1998). However, there is a need for student assessments...

  16. Video from Panel of University Leaders: How to Lead and Facilitate Institutional Change

    29 Nov 2011 | Conference Videos

    Panel Moderator:A. Dale Whittaker, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, Purdue UniversityPanel Members:Daniel Hastings, Dean for Undergraduate Education, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyMoses Lee, Dean of Natural and Applied Sciences, Hope College, MichiganMichael McManus, Dean...

  17. Video - Theories of Action for STEM Education: The Role of the National Science Foundation Investments in STEM Learning and Higher Education

    02 Nov 2011 | Conference Videos

    What is the most strategic approach for a federal funding agency in shaping investment programs to improve STEM teaching and learning? NSF's Directorate for Education and Human Resources is focused increasingly on its role within the Foundation and in coordination with other agencies in...

  18. STEM Strategies in K-15 Education in Colombia

    12 Oct 2011 | Publications

    Transforming Education from Innovation to Implementation Conference: Session F3 The Center for Research and Development in Education (CIFE) at Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia) has launched a STEM program as a part of its mission to produce research based knowledge for the...

  19. Learning Cycles in Large Chemistry Lectures: Implementation Logistics

    12 Oct 2011 | Publications

    Transforming Education from Innovation to Implementation Conference: Session F2 Inquiry-based instruction employing the learning cycle is theoretically grounded in constructivism (1) and social constructivism (2) as well as empirically supported in research conducted in learning environments...

  20. Creating Informed Problem Solvers: A Case Study in Engineering Education

    12 Oct 2011 | Publications

    Transforming Education from Innovation to Implementation Conference: Session F1 In our increasingly knowledge-based society, the focus of engineering education has changed dramatically, de-emphasizing specialized content skills and rote problem solving and concentrating on processes and habits of...