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The model solar boat challenge – a STEM project that engages students in learning

Jobling, Wendy and Campbell, Coral 2014, The model solar boat challenge – a STEM project that engages students in learning, in TERC 2014 : Proceedings of the 8th Biennial International Conference on Technology Education Research. Technology Education: Learning for Life, Design and Technology Association of Australia, Sydney, N.S.W., pp. 134-141.

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Title The model solar boat challenge – a STEM project that engages students in learning
Author(s) Jobling, Wendy
Campbell, Coral
Conference name Technology Education Research. Conference ( 8th: 2014: Sydney, N.S.W.)
Conference location Sydney, N.S.W.
Conference dates 26 - 29 Nov 2014
Title of proceedings TERC 2014 : Proceedings of the 8th Biennial International Conference on Technology Education Research. Technology Education: Learning for Life
Editor(s) Middleton, Howard
Publication date 2014
Start page 134
End page 141
Total pages 8
Publisher Design and Technology Association of Australia
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Summary Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education projects can provide students at all levels with engaging and motivating ways to learn and apply skills and knowledge from each discipline in an integrated manner. Such learning is much more holistic and follows a more natural learning mode in that is not only links to school learning, but also allows students to learn in areas that are personally meaningful to them. This paper reports on an on-going program where teachers and their students have taken on the model solar vehicle challenge in Victoria. The challenge results in students designing, building, testing, modifying and racing model solar boats, with the final aspect of the challenge being a competition against other eager young designers. A significant aspect of the competition is in the opportunity of the young designers to communicate with other students and present their developing knowledge and skills in a friendly, supportive environment. The skills and knowledge involved will be described and data from teacher interviews will be presented to support the place of such activities in the curriculum.
ISBN 9780994202703
Language eng
Field of Research 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio Economic Objective 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2014, Design & Technology Association of Australia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30080369

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