Engineering in the Life Sciences is a collection of lessons and teacher instructions that integrate engineering standards and designed projects into life science. Written for high school teachers, the first chapter of the book describes how the engineering standards work with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for life sciences.
This chapter is followed by six classroom-tested examples of life science lessons that include engineering components. Each of the six lessons incorporates one or more of the Life Science content areas in the NGSS standards. Each lesson takes multiple days, and a reasonable estimation of timing is included. These lessons are laid out with lots of resources for the teacher. Each lesson follows a 6E staged series of activities. NGSS alignment, assessment criteria, unit progression, content outline, materials lists, resources, and student worksheets for each of the activities are given.
The suggested uses of resources, including differentiation ideas, are helpful. Embedded throughout each lesson plan are teaching tips. These lessons also serve as a model or template for teachers to use to design their own. The chapters that follow explain how teachers can manage the different aspects of completing design projects in the classroom. Lots of suggestions about student and teacher mindsets, materials management, and assessments are provided. The last two chapters of the book are filled with ideas that can be turned into more engineering-infused lessons and some short case studies that can be shorter stand-alone lessons or include suggestions for where they can be used within larger units.
Engineering in the Life Sciences is a useful resource for teachers looking for lessons and ideas to make greater connections between engineering and life science NGSS standards. It is also available as an e-book.
AMANDA L. GLAZE-CRAMPES is an Assistant Professor of Middle Grades & Secondary Science Education at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. In addition to science teacher education, she has taught courses in biological sciences for grades 7–12 and undergraduate students over the last 13 years. Her interests include evolutionary biology, science and religion, and the intersections of science and society – specifically where scientific understandings are deemed controversial by the public. Glaze-Crampes holds degrees in science education from the University of Alabama and Jacksonville State University. Her address is Department of Teaching & Learning, Georgia Southern University, P.O. Box 8134, Statesboro, GA 30458; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.