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design thinking in the K-12 classroom

Here is an article about a very cool initiative – Project Zero out of Harvard.  The research is investigating the theory that “kids learn best when they’re actively engaged in designing and creating projects to explore concepts.”  In other words, when they are doing engineering-like activities such as tinkering, designing, and reverse-engineering previously designed objects!!… Continue reading design thinking in the K-12 classroom

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An engineering design problem: how to stop subway tunnels from flooding as a result of a storm surge

Recently, Hurricane Sandy shut down New York City’s subway system for days.  Here’s an article in the NYTimes about what engineers are doing to help solve this very real, and relatively new, problem. Creating a Balloonlike Plug to hold back floodwaters  from the NYTimes. To my engineering design students: can you articulate the problem statement,… Continue reading An engineering design problem: how to stop subway tunnels from flooding as a result of a storm surge