DTEACh Curriculum

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DTEACh offers a Design with LEGO Tool that contains a series of videos to help you design and build with LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT. Learn more about the Design with LEGO Tool

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DTEACh Method

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DTEACh has undertaken an ambitious program to reorganize our curriculum and align it with Texas state standards. We are pleased to announce that our first unit, "Systems - Robotics" for Grades 3-5, is now available. Download "Systems - Robotics" for Grades 3-5 as a pdf document.

Download student and teacher work documents as a Word file.

DTEAChers , please contact us if you would like to be involved in the DTEACh curriculum development project.

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How DTEACh Relates to Kolb Model and Bloom's Taxonomy

The Kolb model describes an entire cycle around which a learning experience progresses (Kolb, 1984). The goal, therefore, is to structure learning activities that will proceed completely around this cycle, providing the maximum opportunity for full comprehension. The DTEACh method allows students to experience all four aspects of the Kolb cycle. In particular, the students begin with Concrete Experiences by manipulating common devices that embody the concepts to be studied. This leads naturally to personal Reflective Observation. Our interactive discussions are a form of Abstract Conceptualization, in which the principles the students observe first-hand are formalized. The exploratory laboratories are a form of Active Experimentation that affords the students experiences necessary to be successful at solving design problems. The cycle is completed with design challenges, another form of Concrete Experience.

Bloom's taxonomy gives six levels in which learning can occur, ranging from recitation of knowledge at the lowest level to evaluation and critique at the highest level (Krathwohl, 1964). In general, higher levels correspond to more advanced or mature learning processes. Although the DTEACh method addresses all six levels of Bloom's taxonomy to some degree, the method tends to emphasize the four higher levels. Traditional mathematics and science courses tend to focus on the Knowledge and Comprehension levels of the taxonomy, and we do not expect this to change. We believe, however, that the Applied Engineering course will enhance student performance at these levels. The DTEACh method, with its emphasis on Application of mathematics and science principles to solving problems in new situations, to troubleshoot designs or reverse engineer devices (Analysis), to Synthesize solutions to engineering problems, and to Evaluate the performance of the solutions. These are engineering problem-solving skills, and the DTEACh method is designed to emphasize this thinking process.

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