Delmar, part of Cengage Learning and a provider of learning solutions for ongoing career development and education, has announced the release of four new engineering titles through a partnership with Project Lead The Way (PLTW), a non-profit provider of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education programs. The four new titles developed through the partnership, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Aerospace Engineering: From the Ground Up, Principles of Engineering and Digital Electronics, provide a wealth of content and resources to enhance PLTW's middle and high school STEM curriculum, according to the announcement.
The Delmar/PLTW engineering series brings together the feedback and ideas from a number of experienced teachers and curriculum developers across a broad range of engineering disciplines. Two important themes emerged from the onset - first, teachers expressed the need for a new set of resources that fit with the way they teach today's engineering students, and secondly, teachers want engaging, interactive resources to support project and problem-based learning. From this feedback, Delmar/PLTW developed a series of texts that aim to effectively meet the needs of today's STEM instructors by:
- Creating an unconventional, show-don't-tell pedagogy that is driven by engineering concepts, rather than traditional textbook content. Concepts are mapped out at the beginning of each chapter, and clearly identified as students navigate through the pages.
- Reinforcing major concepts with applications, projects and problems based on real-world examples and systems.
- Providing texts that are rich in features and created to bring the design process to life through real-world scenarios. Case studies, career profiles, boxed articles highlighting human achievements and resources for extended learning show students how engineers develop career pathways, work through product failures and innovate to continuously improve product success and quality of life.
- Reinforcing the text's interactivity with a design that invites students to participate in a journey through the engineering design process.
Included with the texts are numerous comprehension aid options that coincide with the textbook's content. Tools available include case studies, boxed articles, YourTurn activities, off-road exploration suggestions, connections to STEM concepts, career profiles, design briefs and example pages straight from the notebooks of actual engineers in the field. To complement the end-of-chapter questions, these books also present a hands-on challenge or exercise to further evaluate student understanding of content.
Current Delmar and PLTW titles in circulation include Gateway to Engineering, Through the Gateway: Readings to Accompany Gateway to Engineering, CNC Programming: Principles and Applications and Engineering Design: An Introduction, with plans to develop into other STEM subject-areas in the future.
For more information on the new offerings through Delmar's partnership with PLTW, visit www.cengage.com/community/pltw.
Source: Cengage Learning, www.cengage.com