by Anne Jolly
Talk about the “odd couple.” While my husband (who is an engineer) is focusing on how he’s going to teach a Lenten series class, I (the veteran teacher) am avidly investigating the 14 greatest engineering challenges facing us today.
In case you’re as riveted by the idea of world-saving engineering challenges as I am, you can get an overview of 14 Grand Challenges identified in 2008 at the National Academy of Engineering website. (Be sure to watch the video.) They all seem critically important, but I’ll give you my Top 6.
These are the Grand Challenges that I think we can translate seamlessly into the middle school curriculum as “real problems” that students can address through STEM projects.
1. Make solar energy economical.
This link will give you an overview of this problem. Basically, the challenges here seem to come down to…
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