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introduction to engineering

Engineering is… the use of science and math to design or make things. the discipline and profession of applying scientific knowledge and utilizing natural laws and physical resources in order to design and implement materials, structures, machines, devices, systems, and processes that realize a desired objective and meet specified criteria. the silent E in STEM or STEAM. Why? Because most K-8 educators have little or no background in engineering. Teaching materials rarely address engineering concepts or practices. There is lots of information online to explore and learn about engineering. Science and Engineering Scientists study the world as it is; engineers … Continue reading introduction to engineering


There are so many stories about people in engineering and other STEM fields that have made significant contributions to the world we live in. Here are just a few… Six Women Who Paved the Way for Female Engineers and Architects history of women working in traditionally male-dominated fields. Beginning with the changing cultural sentiments that allowed females to seek work in the construction industry during the Industrial… Day in the Life of Civil Engineer Kelly Fearon – All Together As a civil engineer, I don’t have a typical day. I love that my job allows me to be creative and … Continue reading people

spatial thinking

Spatial thinking, or spatial reasoning is thinking about the positions of objects, their shapes, their spatial relations to one another and the movement they make. Engineers are usually good at spatial visualization – imagining three-dimensional objects. This is a skill, that you can learn and improve with practice. Most girls need more opportunities for building visualization and spatial reasoning skills. Spatial Visualization quiz – Rotations – Take the test. Spatial awareness puzzles rely on your ability to visualize and mentally manipulate objects in an environment. Spatial reasoning often requires comprehending 2D or 3D space. These spatial puzzles and games test … Continue reading spatial thinking

k-8 engineering

K-8 Engineering is presented as a series of conversations about key concepts and areas of interest. Topics of conversation Intro to engineering * engineering design process * scientific method Measurements and units * testing Spatial thinking * 3d modeling * CAD Engineering fundamentals * problem solving * question formulation technique Applied math * data analysis, computer aided design, machine learning Systems * life * earth * physical Simulation, models and virtual reality * failure analysis Meet the engineers Engineering challenges * understand apply create PSA Share what you know * portfolio * PSA 30-90 seconds Lifelong learning * learning web … Continue reading k-8 engineering

open learning experience

K-8 Engineering Open Learning Experience (OLE) It’s a newsletter, a blog, an online resource, a collaborative project, a learning community, and so much more… OPEN – All the resources are online Open Educational Resources (OERs) and available free of charge under the Creative Commons licenses. Open Educational Resources (OERs) are web accessible – desktop, mobile, tablet, phone. They are learner-centered, self-directed, guided, facilitated, learning paths. They provide a range of options – media, depth, breadth. K-8 Engineering is using technology to support learning that is improved or not possible without it. LEARNING EXPERIENCE – Everyone can be a contributor and … Continue reading open learning experience