Technology and Engineering Teacher
Concrete Beam Design Prediction and Analysis
Design is often accepted as a fundamental aspect of engineering (Dym, et al., 2005). The design process is frequently portrayed as a set of steps. However, the design process is more complex than just a set of steps in a relatively fixed process. The complex nature of design, design thinking, questioning, and decision-making is exactly what technology and engineering classrooms are well suited to address. When addressing the question—“Why is technology and engineering education (T&EE) so important?”—the authors believe T&EE’s importance relates to our discipline’s ability to solve complex problems by balancing theory and practice in engaging hands-on learning scenarios like designing, fabricating, and testing a concrete beam.
Hughes, A. J. & Merrill, C (2020). Analyzing Concrete Beam Design: Verifying Predictions in T&EE Classrooms. Technology and Engineering Teacher, 79(5), 14-19.
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