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Integrating Engineering Experiences within the Elementary Mathematics Curriculum

Mousoulides, Nicholas G. & English, Lyn D. (2009) Integrating Engineering Experiences within the Elementary Mathematics Curriculum. In Mann, Llewellyn & Hadgraft, Roger (Eds.) Proceedings of the Research in Engineering Education Symposium 2009, Melbourne School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne, Palm Cove, Cairns.

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Abstract

Engineering education for elementary school students is a new and increasingly important domain of research by mathematics, science, technology, and engineering educators. Recent research has raised questions about the context of engineering problems that are meaningful, engaging, and inspiring for young students. In the present study an environmental engineering activity was implemented in two classes of 11-year-old students in Cyprus. The problem required students to use the data to develop a procedure for selecting among alternative countries from which to buy water. Students created a range of models that adequately solved the problem although not all models took into account all of the data provided. The models varied in the number of problem factors taken into consideration and also in the different approaches adopted in dealing with the problem factors. At least two groups of students integrated into their models the environmental aspect of the problem (energy consumption, water pollution) and further refined their models. Results provide evidence that engineering model-eliciting activities can be successfully integrated in the elementary mathematics curriculum. These activities provide rich opportunities for students to deal with engineering contexts and to apply their learning in mathematics and science to solving real-world engineering problems.

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ID Code: 28441
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: engineering education, elementary school
ISBN: 1921047615
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Science Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy (130212)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 the Authors
Deposited On: 09 Nov 2009 08:37
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2014 11:50

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