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Which should you choose? Scientific Method versus Engineering Design Process


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While scientists study how nature works, engineers create new things, such as products, websites, environments, and experiences. Because engineers and scientists have different objectives, they follow different processes in their work. Scientists perform experiments using the scientific method; whereas, engineers follow the creativity-based engineering design process. Both processes can be broken down into a series of steps, as seen in the diagram and table. … Read more
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Use these free STEM lessons and activities to talk about habitats, ecosystems, food webs, and more as you explore biodiversity with K-12 students. Biodiversity, the "biological diversity" of our planet, is key to human survival. There are an estimated 8.7 million species of plants and animals on Earth, but biodiversity is more than just a count of how many different types of plants and animals (species) exist in an area or on the planet. Biodiversity… Read more
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Teaching students about the scientific method helps prepare them to do science experiments and to design and execute their own science fair projects to explore science questions. These four free plug-and-play resources help you approach the scientific method with tools and learning aids that suit the needs of your classroom. Teaching Steps of the Scientific Method Whether preparing students to do classroom science experiments and science fair projects… Read more
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Teaching students about the engineering design process helps prepare them to do engineering projects and think like engineers when it comes to problem solving, troubleshooting, and brainstorming solutions and inventions. With a combination of free videos, lessons, and learning materials, you can choose the tools that best suit the needs of your classroom. Teaching Steps of the Engineering Design Process If you teach the scientific method to students,… Read more
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Celebrate spring with these free science and engineering lessons, projects, and activities for enriching hands-on STEM related to spring weather, flowers, plants, and more! STEM Activities to Explore Spring Themes to Science Class After the winter months, the return of spring brings fresh patterns of weather, animal behavior, plant growth, and more. There are plenty of opportunities for students to explore science with activities related to… Read more
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Use these free STEM lessons and activities to teach about animal behavior, animal anatomy, and adaptations as you explore animal science K-12 students. The free STEM lessons and activities below help students learn about animals and animal science, including habitats, adaptations, animal behavior, and other zoology and mammalian biology topics. For key terms to review with students, see the list of vocabulary words at the bottom of this resource. For… Read more
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