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How Makerspace Has Positively Impacted Student Engagement

Posted by Tahlea Jankoski on January 26, 2018

 

Do you want to help your students become more engaged in STEM education? Many teachers are finding student engagement can greatly increase when they are part of a makerspace environment. Makerspace is a term that is used in a variety of environments as a way to create an authentic learning experience. By definition, makerspace means 'student-centered learning'. A classroom may be set up with different makerspace workstations, or social spaces, where students create, brainstorm, share, and learn through hands-on learning. Through this form of learning, teachers partner with students to help direct their education and find solutions through their own problem-solving. 

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Topics: high school, Middle School, Dive In Engineering, Hands-on lessons

How to Teach Engineering Concepts in the 21st Century Classroom

Posted by Marissa Alonzo on January 12, 2018

Buildings, bridges, roads, and other infrastructure all share one key component— individuals who specialized in engineering worked on all of them. Engineering is a branch of science and technology that specifically concerns the design, construction, and use of engines, machines, and structures. Students come into contact or view these structures every day, but do they know how they came to be, or know abut the basic engineering concepts that put them there? Now more than ever, schoolrooms have evolved into 21st century classrooms— settings that use advanced technology and new teaching methods— and teachers are looking for more effective and engaging ways to teach engineering concepts. 

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Topics: Teacher Tips, high school, PreK & Kindergarten, Middle School, Dive In Engineering, Hands-on lessons