If you do not see an answer to your question from the list of questions below, please feel free to contact us.
Each unit is designed to take place during the regular math and/or science class time. Most of the AE units are designed to take 10 days of 45-50 minute classes. The activities are flexible enough to conform to block schedules and longer/shorter class periods. Past experience has shown that it is wise to schedule one or two class periods of flex time for catch-up or make-up activities.
Yes! All Adventure Engineering curricula are mapped to Colorado state and Denver Public School standards. The units can be easily mapped to other states and districts. We are also working on a tool that will automatically map our curricula to other state standards...stay tuned!
Each Adventure Engineering teacher's guide lists the cost for that unit and is based on the assumption that the class consists of five groups of four students. Most units require materials that cost $20 per class. Many materials are reusable, and if budget restraints exist, creative substitutes can often be used in place of the recommended supplies.
The pre-requisite math and/or science knowledge required of students is listed in the teacher's guide for each AE unit. In addition, we have provided a summary of the Engineering Design Process as it relates to scientific inquiry. We recommend that you look through this before beginning an AE unit.
NO! Although the units employ engineering as an approach for teaching math and science, it is not necessary for the teacher to have any experience with engineering. Through implementation of the Introducation to Engineering Design activity, it is possible to successfully introduce students to engineering. If ther is an engineering college in your city, we suggest you contact them. There are many student organization who would love to help you with AE in your classroom.
Easy to follow teacher's guides and student handouts make AE implementation fairly simple. Teachers will have to gather necessary materials and pre-read the procedures and background information. Teachers have reported that once they have gained some experience in inquiry based learning, their planning and preparation time was actually reduced!
If you have questions, please send an email to us. We are working in Denver and Oklahoma City area classrooms; however, we will answer all emails within a day or two. If there is an engineering university near you, you should contact them. Chances are they have an outreach program and would be happy to help you implement some of our AE units.
The curricula are team-based, inquiry-based and open-ended. Students become the center of their own learning. The teacher serves more as a facilitator of learning than the lecturer barking out information from the front of the classroom. If you are not used to this style of classroom, it may help to have an assistant in the classroom to answer student questions and make sure groups are on task. Parents or college students are terrific for this role! However, if you are comfortable with this preferred style of teaching, you should have no trouble implementing the AE units on your own.
The ability to work on a team is critical to the future successes of all students. Most professionals - engineers, business professionals, lawyers, doctors, etc. - must work in teams to be effective. To this end, team working is embedded with each AE unit. Experience has shown that teams of 3-5 work very well.
YES! Adventure Engineering units are exciting, challenging, and very much hands-on. Students do real experiments and conduct real tests to get the data they need to solve real problems!
Formal assessment of past AE implementation has revealed that students enjoy the hands-on, inquiry-based approach of Adventure Engineering. By breaking the mold of traditional lecture- based teaching, and introducing teachers to inquiry-based learning, Adventure Engineering units are very effective in teaching math and science principles, and are often the favorite activity the students do all year.
Our formal assessment revealed that AE curricula improved student attitudes towards math and science, as well as student knowledge of math and science concepts, more than traditional curricula. Assessment results can be found on our References page.
While all our AE units are undergoing continuing improvement, we have many that are complete and some that are currently under development. Please see our Curricula page for a list of all the currently available AE units.