Teaching Engineering in K-12

So the E in STEM is for Engineering… That is about as much as most K-12 teachers know. Everyone is encouraged to include all the elements of STEM including Engineering in their teaching. But how? We are here to help!

You know a lot more about Engineering than you realize. Engineering is everywhere. Everything that is invented, designed or built includes Engineering.

Here are resources and topics that can be included in a wide range of lessons without a lot of additional preparation.

Also – check out the NEXT posts. New resources are added frequently.

  • TryEngineering Lesson Plans – align with education standards to allow teachers and students to apply engineering principles in the classroom.

In addition, watch for regular updates with links to the random and growing collection of examples of engineering everywhere.

The Most Important Thing I’ve Learned About Finding Project Ideas | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE
“Using their developing understanding of the geometry of circles, they designed circular bento boxes for use in packaging a healthy breakfast for the average elementary student in our school
U5 Take Home.pub – SWENext_Activity_5.pdf
Practice being a chemical engineer by makingplastic from milk and vinegar. Once you finish this challenge try pushing yourself even further with the two additional experiments
Try Cool Engineering Activities | Society of Women Engineers
“fun activities that will allow girls to learn more about engineering. Activity #1: Touch Down Activity #2: Egg Drop Activity #3: 4-Wheel Balloon Car Activity #4: Bristle Bots Activity
Engineering Design Process
“the Engineering Design Process (brainstorming, designing, testing and redesigning) as part of a hands-on activity teaches them how: to test out different solutions; to learn from their mistakes
Success for Women in Solar | LetsGoSolar.com
“Working in solar involves a lot more than simply putting panels on roofs. The solar industry employs professionals with skills in sales and distribution, manufacturing of solar power material
Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World
“Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World to be released in just a couple of weeks. The book profiles 50 women who have made a difference in their respective fields
NASAsBESTActivityGuide3-5.pdf
“National Aeronautics andSpace AdministrationAn Educator’s Guide to the Engineering Design ProcessGrades 3-5”
Five Ways to Ensure Real Learning Happens in Maker-Enhanced Projects | MindShift | KQED News
“Balance Clear Expectations with Open-Ended Problem encourages students to discover new concepts and to make meaning out of them on their own, with support from the teacher.
Women Engineers You Should Know – All Together
“Women Engineers You Should Know Quite often, those who are behind the scenes and out of the limelight, make real change in the workplace and in our communities.