"Structures" consists of thirteen "hands-on exploration and minds-on
understanding" activities for use with elementary-age children. Each activity
incorporates a problem-solving approach to technology education, science, and
math. Activities are self contained, (complete with a list of objectives, suggested
literature, materials, processes, evaluation and WEBS), so that elementary
educators can easily use the "Structures" activities with existing units. In addition,
each activity employs literature as a lead-in to a problem-solving situation. This is
an unique opportunity for children to experience real-life problems to promote
technology, science and math literacy.
"Structures was awarded the 1993 Virginia Public Education Network's (VA
PEN's) Telecommunication Grant for Early Childhood by the Virginia Department
of Education. The project was presented at the Autodesk Foundation Conference in
March (1994) and the International Technology Education Association Conference
(ITEA) in March (1994).
- "Structures" activities are available via the Internet upon request to the
National Public Telecommunications Network (NPTN) affiliate Academy One.
Telnet to "nptn.org". Login as "visitor" and go to the Science. Send activities and
WEBS directly to your e-mail address. A special discussion group has been
established with the author, Catherine Ney, as the moderator. There, teachers can
share their experience with using the activities and discuss the effectiveness of
various technology education, science, and math techniques in elementary schools.
Comments and questions can be sent to email@example.com.
- "Structures" is the prototype for the 1994-95 Christa McAuliffe Project, State
of Virginia, titled UNITES (Using Novels for Interdisciplinary Technology
Education and Science). The author, Catherine Ney, is expanding "Structures"
activities to connect technology education, science, and math through children's
literature for all the elementary grades in two teacher's resource books. The module
themes for the books include construction, communication, connections,
community, exploration, and survival. Themes progress from primary to
upper-elementary levels as the children's literature focus changes from simple
picture books to books of many chapters and are appropriate for Grades K through
5. The School Science and Mathematics Association (SSMA) has agreed to publish
the books, and they will be available to teachers by the Fall of 1995.
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