Focus: Design Technology
This term "problem solving" appears over and over in stories about education today. If students need to develop a process of their own for solving problems, a wonderful way to this is through design and construction of their own inventions. Elementary and middle schools are crowded with inventors, both girls and boys, ready to go to work.
This issue reveals a number of ways for teachers to encourage these skills and to develop problem solving strategies in the process.
Online articles from this issue:
- Some "Left Out" Activities
- Serious consideration of the limitations that left-handers face because of product design and even the arrangement of furniture or machines provides a great opportunity for a class to address design problems in some everyday tools or appliances that all of us use.
- Exploring A New Tool
- NLP is a systematized study of subjective experience: what we take in through our five senses, how we encode or organize that raw sensory experience into images, maps, and personal models of the world, and how we then express our experience through language and other kinds of activity.
- High Tech Simplified
- As a child I was intimidated by science because it seemed so technical and untouchable. It is hard to see how something works when all the working parts are hidden, as in a radio or calculator. So it thrilled me when something came along to help me de-mystify technical inventions.
- Design Technology: Children's Engineering
- In children's engineering, youngsters address real challenges that open the doors to relevant areas of study. Examples of critical areas include aesthetics, spatial and mathematical relationships, energy transfer, physical structures, materials science and communication. Through design technology, children's engineering, children develop and physically represent their understanding of more abstract notions in concrete and accessible forms.
- Julie's Taxi
- The investigation began when Esmate came in proudly stating he had come to school by taxi. Julie said it wasn't fair and that she wished she had a taxi. We had a large cardboard box in the classroom and decided to use to make a taxi.
- What IF? Young Inventors Fair Program
- The Young Inventors Fair Program, in its eleventh year, is the brainchild of a group of educators who were looking for ways to stimulate higher level thinking, and to encourage students to identify real problems and to solve them creatively. The inventing process seemed to accord that challenge. Hence the year-long program had its genesis.