Engineering Encounters: Building Technological Literacy With Philosophy and Nature of Technology

by: Jerrid Kruse and Jesse Wilcox

This column presents ideas and techniques to enhance your science teaching. In this issue the authors discuss a design project they have used with upper elementary students (grades 4–6). They note ways to engage students in thinking philosophically about technology to meet engineering design outcomes in the NGSS. By asking students to reflect on their designs, they encourage deeper understanding of the SEPs and deeper technological literacy.

Grade Levels



CCC6: Structure and Function CCC7: Stability and Change Crosscutting Concepts Disciplinary Core Ideas Disciplinary Core Ideas in Engineering, Technology, and the Application of Science Disciplinary Core Ideas in Physical Science ENCdl Engineering ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting an Engineering Problem ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution ETS1: Engineering Design Physical Science Properties of materials PS1.A: Structure and Properties of Matter PS1: Matter and Interactions Science and Engineering Practices Science and Technology Science Focus SEP1: Asking Questions and Defining Problems SEP2: Developing and Using Models SEP6: Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions STEM Structure of matter Technology Three Dimensions of the Framework and/or NGSS


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 3/1/2017Stock # sc17_054_07_66Volume 054Issue 07

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