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Teaching the Ins-and-Outs of Advanced Manufacturing
Morris High School's Industrial Technology class, created by Mark Smith, is doing some really incredible things. From making guitars using parts from Taylor Guitars to making glasses for iWood Eco Design, this program is giving its students a solid foundation.

What If? Good Questions Lead to Quality Answers
Teaching students to ask quality questions leads to better discussions and deeper learning.

Increase Understanding of Materials Science Concepts with Origami Crystal Activity
Covering physics, math, biology, and chemistry, using origami crystals is a great way to cover all the areas of study in materials science.

Engineering the Ecology—Developing a Two-Year Course in Environmental Engineering Technology
As we continue the celebration of our 75th year, this month we look back to 1971. Gordon Dwiggins writes about developing the “Environmental Engineering Technology” program at Fayetteville Technical Institute.

An Artist’s Argument for STEAM Education
Including the arts in STEM is necessary for a well-rounded education, and kids with this skill set absolutely have a place in technical fields.

New Orleans Student Says School Leaders Sometimes Underestimate the Value of Career Education
A unique perspective on the benefits of career education and its place in society today.

Special Feature—Product Spotlight
A selection of excellent products to make your
teaching efforts more effective.

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