Technology Teasers (ebook Gr: 4 to A)

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Technology Teasers
Publisher: Rainbow Horizons Publishing
46 Pages
Grades: 4 to Adult
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Technology Teasers contains a collection of 20 challenges relevant to the technology of mechanisms, electronics, and control. The challenges are mostly suitable for students who have had some experience with technology tools and processes for example cogs, pulleys, electrical circuits and so on. Each challenge poses a problem which needs to be solved through using technological principles and systems. There are two pages for each challenge - one for teachers and one for students.

While all design solutions should ideally be reached via authentic "real-life" contexts, this is not always practical or possible. Sometimes it is useful to teach particular technical skills and approaches to problems solving through discrete pre-planned problems which can be used as a springboard into seeking technological solutions for more authentic problems. This is the aim of the challenges in this book - to help students develop some aspects of their "technological literacy" which they can them apply to problems which they come with up for themselves.

The challenges Technology Teasers offer no solutions directly to students, (except in Cheap Cheep, which is a follow the instructions activity). However, a possible solution is included in accompanying teachers' notes. This means teachers can choose to direct students to particular solutions if they want to keep the activities brief and contained. Although only one solution is offered, there are many others equally or better suited to the problem and students should be encouraged to try a range of ideas.

Teachers should take the opportunity to setup class visits to places where problem solving, designing and processing work is done. If this is not possible, invite speakers to technology classes to discuss the work they do. It is important for students to see that problem solving is something that occurs everyday in the wider world. Making links with the social or environment implications of technological solutions is also important.

Whilst use of the design process is not stated in the challenges, it is assumed that students will be familiar with the process and will follow it. The challenges are suitable for students to work with individually, in pairs or small groups.

I hope that teaching with these challenges gives you as much enjoyment as I\'ve had!