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5 Times Elon Musk Influenced the Future of STEM

Posted by Tahlea Jankoski on February 23, 2018


As one of the most well-known entrepreneurs in engineering today, Elon Musk has been highly influential in developing futuristic inventions for over thirty years. Many know him as a businessman who was part of the success of four billion-dollar companies - PayPal, SpaceX, Tesla, and Solar City - but Elon Musk is also an inventor, engineer, and refers to himself as a "technologist."

His ideas have influenced our world and inspired many students to explore the future of STEM. Here are five of Elon Musk's most influential inventions that are leading the way in STEM. 

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Topics: preparing students for real-world careers, teaching engineering concepts, makerspace, STEM learning

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: engineering concepts in classroom, teaching engineering concepts, 21st century classroom and engineering concepts

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