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Teaching Teachers to Teach Engineering

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  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Engineering is the E in STEM 2.1 Engineering is everywhere 2.2 Engineering Design Process 2.3 3D Thinking, Spatial Reasoning, Visualization 2.4 Measure, Inspect, Evaluate 2.5 Could Be Better CBB
  • 3 Some Engineering Basics 3.1 Push, Pull, Drag and Drop 3.2 Simple Machines 3.3 Robotics 3.4 Computers, Smartphones, Applications and Learning
  • 4 Engineering in Society 4.1 Home, School and Park 4.2 Science, Exploration, Research 4.3 Solving Problems to Benefit Humanity 4.4 World of Work 4.5 Fun, Games and Lifelong Learning
  • 5 Connect Adapt Remix Share 5.1 Teaching and Learning 5.2 Introducing Girls to Engineering 5.3 Integration, Cross-curriculum, x-based Learning 5.4 Technology Supported Learning 5.5 Community of Practice, Network, Collaboration 5.6 Open Educational Resources (OER), free textbooks
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2017.12.23 * I’m putting together an online course for K-8 teachers to introduce them to Engineering. This seems to be pretty scary for them. By showing them that they already know a lot about engineering, they can make the connection to other things that they are required to teach. Well, that’s the idea anyway. * I’m looking for a few people to review and comment as this develops. This is going to be pretty general. I need to cover enough of the basics of engineering to make connections to school subjects and generate some interest. The course materials includes examples and opportunities for participant discussion. There is tons of material online. The course just shows some things to think about and activities that can be included with little preparation or expense. * Would you be willing to help? Can you suggest a couple of others who might be interested?


  • Most of the lesson information is too long complicated. All I need is the general idea and I can take it from there. ? less information with link to additional detail. [/TeachEngineering%20Heads%20Up TeachEngineering Heads Up] – adapted /condensed – original detailed activity description Heads Up
  • there were some simply incredible lesson ideas already being shared across the globe online. And lessons that I would have been super excited to teach, too! You’re not the only one with amazing ideas! And let’s be honest, you’re going to take someone else’s lesson and make it your own anyway. The great thing about utilizing online resources like … Education World, is that many of the lessons have gone through the trials and tribulations of the classroom. The creators have tips for practice, differentiation resources, standards alignment, and often give you cheap “resource-sensitive” alternatives to make it all happen! Yes, you will always bring your unique style and persona to your classroom shared lessons
  • Outline student learning goals in ways that relate science concepts to specific parts of the design (e.g., “students will consider Newton’s Third Law of Motion as they design a rubber band powered go-cart that should move forward and stop, without bouncing back”).
  • Use classroom design time for formative assessment. Ask student teams questions to guide their design processes, and to surface their understanding of how focal science/MATH concepts relate to their designs. For example, “What inspired this design?” and “Can you tell me how you incorporated science/MATH concepts into this design?”

Scientists typically seek multiple strands of evidence to support or refute claims about the natural world, while engineers use an iterative problem solving process to meet specific, often human-related, needs. –1

Engineering * Architecture * Engineering Construction * Chemical Engineering * Civil Engineering * Electrical Engineering * Mechanical Engineering * Nuclear Engineering * Engineering History * Geodesy * Robotics

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American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) – prepare and support the educators who will teach engineering in K-12 classrooms, many of whom have no experience in engineering K-12 teachers

An Introduction to the Standards for Professional Development for Teachers of Engineering .pdf

  • address the fundamental nature, content and practices of engineering to promote engineering content knowledge.
  • emphasize engineering pedagogical content knowledge.
  • how engineering design and problem solving offer a context for teaching standards of learning in science, mathematics, language arts, reading, and other subjects.
  • identify appropriate curriculum, instructional materials, and assessment methods.
  • aligned to current educational research and student learning standards.

Teaching Engineering – K-8 – These are intended as teacher-lead activities. Many include state standards references