Wee Engineer is important as it is essential to teach kids these skills at a young age so they can fair better when they are older.

Link  The link above gives several k-12 engineering curriculum’s. There are links for Biomedical, Aerospace, Environmental, and Chemical and Biological engineering just to name a few.

The need for engineers has not dwindled, we need engineers now, just as we did years ago. It is in our societies best interest to introduce children to these careers early on so they may work towards a goal of becoming an engineer.

San Jose STEM
Here I found a STEM program for boy scouts in San Jose, funnily I run near the campus often. I believe that a STEM program is important to a kid in the sense that helps them to build new skills and develop other ones that they already have, also it provides them with tools that will allow them to be more critical and rational adults.

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This site is basically an open and free resource for those who are interested in engineering. It has text, videos, games, and more for the discovery of engineering.

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Engineering Beyond Building Bridges – Engineering is not only to build building.  It’s for kids to use critical thinking skills and to vocalize there opinions also how to solve the problem because every type of idea is better than just one . It’s a great idea to have kids use there brains and interact as a group.

https://www.teachengineering.org/k12engineering/designprocess

TeachEnginnering – This website teaches and motivates students in the field of engineering and science, but mainly engineering to understand the different concepts in this field. This website is great in teaching students how to manage engineering tasks, problem-solving and designing category.

https://borenstemk8.seattleschools.org/

STEM K-8 provides an engaging and challenging learning environment, focusing on the core subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Mastering STEM subjects in elementary school gives students the basic technological, scientific and mathematical literacy they will need to succeed in middle school, high school, and college.

https://www.brainpop.com/technology/

I posted this link to BrainPop because I felt that it ties back into some of the content matter of module five. BrainPop is an “edutainment” resource that has many subjects for K-8 STEM students to interact and study with which could help keep kids more entertained whilst learning a generally rather daunting topic.

https://www.brainpop.com

This website, BrainPop, helps students learn topics in the field of engineering and tech through videos, quizzes, and other activities, making the learning experience fun.

Engineering is Elementary is a site whose focus is on establishing engineering as an educational core element during the pre-elementary school years with continued support through high school. They offer curriculum for both schools and afterschool programs. Ensuring that engineering is equal in the STEM mix is important because engineering is the finality of the work of the other aspects, concepts manifested so to speak.

https://www.nsf.gov/news/classroom/engineering.jsp

This is a great resource because it lists all the places you can learn about engineering. It gives the age group for each website and a brief description of the materials on them. That way students who want to learn about engineering can find various links to information and activities.

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Here’s Scholastic’s take on K-8 Engineering fields. According to the website, Engineering in the early ages is gaining momentum yet it’s unclear whether it will maintain its direction.

https://thunkable.com/

This is a block-based coding platform which is perfect for young kids. This could open the door for many children to learn programming.

https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/edu/teach/tag/grade/5%2C6%2C7%2C8

This site provides multiple fun class activities to do in a curriculum. These activities relate to real world problems and is a great way to learn the importance of engineering and why we still need great engineers for NASA as an example.

 

https://www.khanacademy.org/

Insane amounts of help with stem and mathematics courses from k-12. Has everything someone would need as well with programming to make their way into STEM.

https://starfisheducation.com.au/tag/special-needs/

This is an extra curricular activity for kids who battle with disability. There is focus that ranges form physical therapy. They incorporate gadgets and tools to help students excel and help them better use the complex technology.

There is a eye gaze they help students become accustomed to. This helps them get online and communicate online with others. This helps them better be apart of a community and function in a society that is mostly online.

www.educationcloset.com/steamportal

Highlights STEAM = an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math.

STEM + STEAM = application, creation and ingenuity; it takes the benefits of STEM and complete the package by integrating these principles in and through the arts. It open up the doors of wonder, critique, inquiry and innovation.

This concept of non-traditional interdisciplinary approach make a lot of sense to me; as much as I’m more ‘artistic’ than ‘mathematical’, I’ve always loved technology as a tool and means to create.

http://www.nacme.org/information

This websites provides the reader with details on what engineer stem jobs look like and what paths to take to get a STEM job in engineering, something I would of really liked to have known when I was in middle school when the discussion of a career starts to become a more serious topic.

https://www.eie.org/

Engineering is elementary is a  project from the National Center for Technological Literacy at the Museum of Science, Boston. They offer STEM programs but they have a focus on engineering. Along with programs to teach the students and the kids, they offer programs to tutor the teachers as well, to make them more comfortable with the information that they could teach their students.