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Electrical Engineering: Background for Educators

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Teachers will hear helpful information from practicing professionals about electrical engineering careers and how to help interested students prepare for post-secondary education. Teachers will also get tips, discussion suggestions, and additional resources.

 

This video is available in both English and Spanish audio, along with corresponding closed captions.

Designing Parachutes: Applying Science Knowledge | Engineering is Elementary

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In this professional development video from Engineering is Elementary, teacher Jean Facchiano has her fourth grade students perform tests on models while controlling variables. The lesson shows students working on Performance Expectations in Engineering Design as well as Engineering Practices from the NGSS.

West Virginia | Advanced Manufacturing Technicians are In-Demand

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Examine the skills and education necessary to secure a career in advanced manufacturing technology.  Practice solving problems using logic to analyze truth tables and learn how math is used in programmable logic controllers.

Engineering in the Elementary Classroom: Iteration

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Professional development video for teachers in grades 3 - 5 who want to integrate engineering in their science classes.

For more resources from Teaching Engineering in New York, check out the collection page.

Cheese-Making Lab Activity

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In this classroom-practice video created for Teachers' Domain Professional Development, high school teacher Diane Provenzano leads her biotechnology class through a lab activity in which students produce cheese curds using two different enzymes: a nonrecombinant enzyme (rennin) and a recombinant enzyme (chymosin). Students also test the effects of different types of milk on curd formation. The accompanying PDF document outlines the process.

Designing Parachutes: Design Constraints | Engineering is Elementary

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In this professional development video from Engineering is Elementary, teacher Jean Facchiano guides her fourth grade students to research and discuss the factors that need to be considered in the design of a spacecraft. The lesson shows students working on Performance Expectations and Disciplinary Core Ideas in Engineering Design from the NGSS.

Immersion in Biotechnology

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In this video segment from Teachers as Learners, teachers work through two DNA lab activities. On the first day, participants conduct a dry lab. They study and discuss concepts in molecular biology by analyzing representations of DNA. On the following day they participate in a wet lab to gain hands-on experience working with the tools of molecular biologists. . After brainstorming approaches to conduct forensic DNA analysis of blood from a hypothetical crime scene, they begin the lab. When the learners make errors, the instructors explain that these are very relevant to real-world laboratories. Finally, the participants reflect on the effectiveness of their methods.

Designing Parachutes: Analyzing Data and Improving Design | Engineering is Elementary

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In this professional development video from Engineering is Elementary, teacher Jean Facchiano has her fourth grade students build and test their parachute designs. The lesson shows students working on Performance Expectations and Disciplinary Core Ideas in Engineering Design from the NGSS.

Process Technology Student: Oil Refinery Process Technician

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Observe how Sandra Garcia is studying to be a process technician, and learn about the field of process technology in this video adapted from Pathways to Technology. Sandra explains how her love of science brought her to community college after years away from school and how she's looking forward to a career in process technology. Also learn about the mysterious refractometer and how it can keep things running smoothly in a refinery.

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