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Bringing engineering design into high school science classrooms: The heating/cooling unit

Apedoe, XS and Reynolds, B and Ellefson, MR and Schunn, CD (2008) Bringing engineering design into high school science classrooms: The heating/cooling unit. Journal of Science Education and Technology, 17 (5). 454 - 465. ISSN 1059-0145

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Infusing engineering design projects in K-12 settings can promote interest and attract a wide range of students to engineering careers. However, the current climate of high-stakes testing and accountability to standards leaves little room to incorporate engineering design into K-12 classrooms. We argue that design-based learning, the combination of scientific inquiry and engineering design, is an approach that can be used to meet both K-12 educators' and engineering advocates' goals. This paper describes an 8-week high school curriculum unit, the Heating/Cooling System, in which engineering design is used to teach students central and difficult chemistry concepts such as atomic interactions, reactions, and energy changes in reactions. The goals of the paper are to (1) describe this successful design-based unit, (2) provide guidelines for incorporating design-based learning into other science topics, and (3) provide some evidence of its value for teaching difficult chemistry concepts and increasing interest in engineering careers. © 2008 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Apedoe, XS
Reynolds, Bbirdy@pitt.eduBIRDY
Ellefson, MR
Schunn, CDschunn@pitt.eduSCHUNN0000-0003-3589-297X
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Learning Research & Development Center
Date: 1 October 2008
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Science Education and Technology
Volume: 17
Number: 5
Page Range: 454 - 465
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s10956-008-9114-6
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1059-0145
Date Deposited: 07 Aug 2014 16:46
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2019 16:56


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