Grade 4 Student Knowledge Test (Landforms, Geotechnical Engineering)

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By Heidi A. Diefes-Dux

School of Engineering Education, Purdue Univeristy

Multiple-choice, grade 4 appropriate assessment of science and engineering content knowledge associated with the Engineering is Elementary unit, A Stick in the Mud: Evaluating a Landscape.

Version 1.0 - published on 28 Apr 2015 doi:10.4231/R7RR1W6W - cite this Archived on 25 Oct 2016

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Student Knowledge Tests (SKTs) are 15 question multiple-choice tests designed to assess elementary (grade 2-4) students’ knowledge of the science and engineering content associated with a particular Engineering is Elementary (EiE) unit ( unit. For a given SKT, science content (typically 7 questions) relates to the science learning objectives covered in the EiE unit.  The engineering content (typically 8 questions) relates to the work of an engineer in general and of the engineering type depicted in the EiE unit, the steps in the engineering design process, and a broad definition of technology.  Some questions were modeled after those included among the EIE unit’s assessments; others were modeled after state and national standardized-test science questions.  The engineering questions not specific to the EiE unit were repeated across all SKTs.

This Grade 4 SKT assessment for Landforms and Geotechnical Engineering was designed as a pre/post test to accompany the implementation of A Stick in the Mud: Evaluating a Landscape.

In association with the project Elementary Engineering Education (NSF DRK-12 DRL 0822261), this SKT was used in academic years 2011-12 and 2012-13. Version A was used for the pretest; Versions B and C were used for the posttest.  Answer key is included.

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