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Why Engineering is important in STEM?

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This short clip explores the importance of engineering in STEM education. Video breaks down the ideas about engineering in the classroom and why engineering is the heart of STEM.

Over 35 years ago, I had moved to the United States from a small village in Russia. I had to take over two English class at school in order to be successful. This is one of the reasons I wanted to become a teacher as to help students to become successful leaders in our community. As the Title one school we have diverse group of students and in order to reach every one of them we have 80 percent pass for each required standard. Working together in our horizontal teams, we plan various activities that not just engage one group of students but all the students.

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Hi Yevgeny,

I appreciate your video’s clear description of how engineering is the “beating” heart of STEM!

In my experience as a high school science teacher, I've found that the engineering design process is also at the heart of the work that *I* do as a teacher. By starting with a goal and prototyping using feedback data (what happened in class, student comments, etc.), I find that making and refining the curriculum of my courses to be challenging, yet fun.

I like to tell folks: if you have ever tried to get better at a hobby by trying new things and figuring out how to improve your performance systematically, you are an engineer! Whether you are baking holiday cookies, working on your jump shot, or learning an instrument, the engineering design cycle is how humans build useful new things. :)

Mon, 11/07/2022 - 11:15 AM Permalink
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Yevgeny:  So important...Engineering brings together so many disciplines.  Our kids engage in projects that include STEM, ELA, name it...when designing, fabricating and showcasing a prototype so many things come together.  As an engineering teacher, what have been the challenges with implementing so many disciplines...for you as the teacher?  Thanks for sharing.

Tue, 11/08/2022 - 8:47 PM Permalink
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Thank you so much for taking the time to watch this short clip! I am proud to promote engineering as an essential part of STEM. I do believe that limiting students' ability to explore will have a drastic impact on their learning. Thank you again! 

Wed, 11/09/2022 - 9:46 AM Permalink
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It is so great to incorporate the engineering process cross-curricularly. It is the heart of what we do as a society, as creators, and learners!

Wed, 11/09/2022 - 2:45 PM Permalink
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I really think you've started this!!! By showing students the design process, giving them the opportunity to try, fail, and try again, in mid than just science class, you're encouraging what can be done even more widely! As you collaborate with cross curricular peers YOU are the empowerment needed to make it spread :)

Thu, 11/10/2022 - 7:04 AM Permalink
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It is all about solving problems.  Trial and error, cooperation, not knowing how it will work out and making adjustment along the way.  So key, to long term learning and success.


Traditional math problems are too simple and they are isolated.  Which is a real shame.  Student become afraid of math, when really it is a key tool to solving problems.   

You and I drank the same "Kool-aid".  If you are old enough you get the reference.  And you probably were a more traditional teacher that has made the STEM transition and what a difference it makes.

Thu, 11/10/2022 - 10:36 AM Permalink
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