Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching, Volume 9, Issue 1, Article 12 (Jun., 2008)
Nelson Cheng-Chih CHEN, Ching-Hao CHEN and Ming-chun LIN
An analysis of applied mechanics contest for senior high school students in Taiwan

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Conclusion and Suggestion

Technology learning is based on students’ technological cognition, and it affects students’ technology learning either directly or indirectly. Huang found that the effect of the students’ experience after attending the competition on technological recognition. The students changed their recognition makes the researchers aware the continuity in technology education (Yi-Feng Huang, 2006).

A mechanics contest is an alternative and essential way for students to become familiar with mechanics. Correlation analysis results show that those who performed well in the primary test also had good performances in final test in 2004, 2006 and 2007. Statistical analyses of the test scores in the past four years show that contestants who came from different areas seemed to have equal abilities in their final scores and ability to obtain medals. The students not only use knowledge, passion and put bolts together, but the activity may possibly spark an interest in science and technology. Students’ ability to find and solve problems still needs great improvements, , and it remains a big issue for educators to provide adequate teaching materials and methods to help cultivate high school students thinking and ability to solve mechanical problems. As more and more people attend the cross-strait mechanics field academic exchanges, the influence of mechanics education in Taiwan and China will continue to grow.

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