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Engineering for Good

Thu, 04/13/2017 - 10:10pm

Plastic is a useful and ubiquitous item in our lives, but the fact that it doesn’t biodegrade means that it has long-term effects on the Earth. Middle school science classrooms across the country can develop  solutions for negative impacts of plastic on the environment with KQED Learning’s new Next Generation Science Standard (NGSS)-aligned, project-based learning unit, Engineering for Good.

Engineering Design Process

With Engineering for Good, students use the engineering design process to define the “plastic problem,” brainstorm solutions, develop prototypes and iterate on their designs. The project culminates with students producing videos about their solutions to share with the community. Students also create infographics that communicate their newly gained understanding of plastics as part of their storytelling process. Embedded throughout the unit are KQED-original media resources, including an animated video that steps through the engineering design process, a video about the history, uses and impacts of plastics, and stories from our Engineering Is series that showcase scientists and engineers working together to solve real-world problems.

Student infographic about the plastic problem.
Student infographic about the plastic problem.

Teachers are supported in their participation of Engineering for Good through the KQED Teach online professional learning platform, which provides them with specific instruction on how to create their own infographics and videos. KQED Teach also connects teachers to a professional learning community of peers that can offer feedback, inspiration and support.

Start challenging your students to use engineering to solve real-world problems at kqed.org/engineeringforgood.

You can also find the entire Engineering for Good collection on PBS LearningMedia.

Share and see examples of students’ solutions on social media by following #EngineeringforGood.

 

Should We Bring Back Extinct Species?

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 9:36pm

For some dinosaur fanatics, seeing them roam the Earth again would be a dream come true. But what if modern science could make that dream a reality? Do you think we should we bring back extinct species?

Should Energy Drinks Be Regulated?

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 8:26pm

Featured Media Resource: Are Energy Drinks Really That Bad? (Above the Noise/KQED)
In this video we take a closer look at the science to see if energy drinks are really as bad as the hype, and what it is about them that has doctors concerned.

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Source:: DoNow Science

How Should the Government Handle Medical Marijuana?

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 8:25pm

Featured Media Resource: Is Marijuana Actually Medicinal? (Above the Noise/KQED)
Host Myles Bess clears the smoke on medical marijuana research and gets into the weeds explaining some of the barriers to studying it.

ABOVE THE NOISE, a new YouTube series from KQED, follows young journalists as Read More …

Source:: DoNow Science

Do the Benefits of Aquaculture Outweigh Its Negative Impacts?

Wed, 03/15/2017 - 8:24pm

Aquaculture has emerged a popular and efficient way to grow and rear marine and aquatic life for consumption, but there are some environmental impacts. Do you think it is a good alternative to wild harvesting of fish and shellfish?

Should the U.S. Government Restrict Fertilizer Use to Improve Water Quality?

Tue, 03/14/2017 - 1:54pm

This post is part of KQED’s Do Now U project. Do Now U is a biweekly activity for students and the public to engage and respond to current issues using social media. Do Now U aims to build civic engagement and digital literacy for learners of all ages. This Read More …

Source:: DoNow Science

Can You Spot Bad Science Reporting?

Wed, 03/01/2017 - 2:54pm

Featured Media Resource: This Is How You Spot Bad Science Reporting (Above the Noise/KQED)
How can you spot bad science reporting? Host Myles Bess helps you do just that by following this simple acronym: G – L – A – D.

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Source:: DoNow Science

Are Hydrogen Fuel Cells a Viable Source of Energy For Vehicles?

Fri, 02/24/2017 - 2:54pm

Featured Resource: How Hydrogen Fuel Is Made (DNews)
Is hydrogen fuel the future of car fuel? Learn more about how it’s made.

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Do you believe hydrogen fuel cells are a practical renewable energy option? Should companies invest in improving fuel cell technology or should Read More …

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Should Pigs Be Used to Grow Human Organs?

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 4:01pm

This post is part of KQED’s Do Now U project. Do Now U is a biweekly activity for students and the public to engage and respond to current issues using social media. Do Now U aims to build civic engagement and digital literacy for learners of all ages. This Read More …

Source:: DoNow Science

Should Pigs Be Used to Grow Human Organs?

Wed, 02/15/2017 - 2:54pm

This post is part of KQED’s Do Now U project. Do Now U is a biweekly activity for students and the public to engage and respond to current issues using social media. Do Now U aims to build civic engagement and digital literacy for learners of all ages. This Read More …

Source:: DoNow Science