Integrating engineering experiences within the elementary mathematics curriculum

Nicholas G. Mousoulides, Lyn D. English

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Abstract

Engineering education for elementary school students is a new and increasingly important domain of research by mathematics, science, technology, and engineering educators. Recent research has raised questions about the context of engineering problems that are meaningful, engaging, and inspiring for young students. In the present study an environmental engineering activity was implemented in two classes of 11-year-old students in Cyprus. The problem required students to use the data to develop a procedure for selecting among alternative countries from which to buy water. Students created a range of models that adequately solved the problem although not all models took into account all of the data provided. The models varied in the number of problem factors taken into consideration and also in the different approaches adopted in dealing with the problem factors. At least two groups of students integrated into their models the environmental aspect of the problem (energy consumption, water pollution) and further refined their models. Results provide evidence that engineering modeleliciting activities can be successfully integrated in the elementary mathematics curriculum. These activities provide rich opportunities for students to deal with engineering contexts and to apply their learning in mathematics and science to solving real-world engineering problems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2009 Research in Engineering Education Symposium, REES 2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event2009 Research in Engineering Education Symposium, REES 2009 - Palm Cove, QLD, Australia
Duration: 20 Jul 200923 Jul 2009

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Other2009 Research in Engineering Education Symposium, REES 2009
CountryAustralia
CityPalm Cove, QLD
Period20/07/0923/07/09

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    Mousoulides, N. G., & English, L. D. (2009). Integrating engineering experiences within the elementary mathematics curriculum. In 2009 Research in Engineering Education Symposium, REES 2009