k12engineering podcast

K12 Engineering podcast – for all the educators, engineers, entrepreneurs, and parents out there who want to instill engineering thinking into young people. Listen as we try to find better ways to teach and inspire kids in invention, problem-solving, persistence, teamwork, and imagination. For more on what the podcast covers, read this article from producer and host Pius Wong: Teachers and Engineers Need to Talk

  • in engineering the content that you’re learning is how to solve a problem.” The content is the process of solving problems more than formulas and phenomena. Frequently these problems are more open-ended and project-based.
  • For an engineer, mathematics is a tool. It’s not the end-all-be-all.

Engineering resources for K12 teachers

  • NASA
  • Boeing – Explore this collection of interactive digital activities, short-form documentaries, lesson plans and engineering challenges.
  • National Instruments – In grade school, students are introduced to math and science concepts in the context of real-world applications. With bite-sized, group engineering projects, they engage theory on their terms, earning small, daily wins that keep their interest as they learn.

suggestions for engineering games.

It would be great to see more 3D spatial visualization and things that
appeal to girls in particular.

Some do exist, but there is always room for more. These can be
gender-neutral, just not a big turn-off for girls.

Some spatial awareness puzzles

Lots of games here, some could be considered pre-engineering

Not sure that this is actually a “game” but coloring is big and these are great

Girls often struggle in early engineering programs because they don’t
have as strong spatial visualization skills as boys with much lower
GPAs. Some engineering schools are finding ways to address this based
on work in
Introduction to 3D Spatial Visualization: An Active Approach
by Sheryl Sorby, Anne Frances Wysocki, Beverly J Baartmans
Lots of good material. It would need to be adapted.

PW: I’ve been thinking of ways to do more spatial visualization games, and I’ll definitely look at these resources.