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  1. Todd Hutner
  2. Assistant Director for Research-Practice Partnerships
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  4. University of Texas at Austin
  1. Richard Crawford
  2. Professor
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  4. University of Texas at Austin
  1. Stephanie RIvale
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  3. Research Associate
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  5. University of Texas at Austin, Center for STEM Education
  1. Victor Sampson
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  3. Associate Professor of STEM Education
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Arguing by design: The development of an instructional model for engineering ...

NSF Awards: 1607916

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8

The aim of this project is to develop and research a new instructional framework for integrating engineering into middle school science classes. Via a partnership between the University of Texas at Austin and the Round Rock Independent School District (RRISD) in Round Rock Texas, the Argument-Driven Engineering (ADE) instructional framework was developed and four units piloted in the 8th grade science classes of two middle schools in RRISD. Each unit engages students in engineering through a sequence of activities that will give them an opportunity to: (a) engage in engineering design that explicitly incorporates scientific core ideas and mathematical principles; (b) use evidence-based argumentation to propose and critique design solutions; and (c) participate in team and individual sense-making through discourse and writing. With an emphasis on recommendations from the 2008 Changing the Conversation study and to help encourage future engineering interest and broaden participation, all four units explicitly show how engineers change the world and make it a better place. In response to the four middle school NGSS standards, students collaboratively propose, support, build, critique, revise, and communicate solutions to engineering challenges that ask them to design 1) a passive vaccine storage device, 2) a hand warmer for the homeless, 3) a highway crash safety barrier and 4) a biodiversity monitoring device. 

This video will showcase the ADE instructional framework to teachers and provide information on the research being conducted regarding student learning of engineering and science. 

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