cis2 s20

College students provided these resources for an assignment in the CIS2 Computers and the Internet in Society course – Winter semester 2020

K-8 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Education – There is a lot of interest in STEM education for young kids in K-8 (Kindergarten – 8th Grade) but very little is about Engineering. Find a resource for K-8 Engineering. This could be an article, a lesson plan or an activity. Post a link to the resource and a brief description of the importance of this to the K-8 Engineering discussion. has some comprehensive sample lesson plans for teachers to incorporate into their own curriculum in order to get younger students excited about engineering.  This is important because while teachers may want to encourage their students to learn more about the field of engineering, they might not know where to begin or how to do so while also meeting their educational standards.  Lesson plans such as the one provided can make it easier for teachers to start teaching their students about engineering.

This article talks about k-8 engineering. it talks about how we can’t properly implement these things without proper materials. The struggle of implementing engineering into the early curriculum makes a lot of sense in a business driven world. I personally don’t like this. Introducing young children into career opportunities seems like a bad idea to me. Forcing stuff that will direct these kids into a specific job is not something I agree with. Engineering is not the end all be all.

This was very informative as I immediately thought to use this on my 10-year-old brother. They describe the process as “ask, imagine, plan, create, improve”. Wherein they have to ask the question of how to solve the problem, Imagine how it could work, plan how you’d create the solution, create said solution, and upon failure/success, to improve the solution. They use the idea of fruit flies constantly being in the classroom due to an eco-project. The students then began imagining what they could do to catch or get rid of the flies.

Lesson: Physics of Roller Coasters

This lesson plan is rather fascinating.  The entire site looks like it could be really useful for teachers when planning lessons to introduce kids to engineering.  From the lessons I’ve seen so far, they include elements like engineering connection, prerequisite knowledge, motivation, educational standards that apply to the lesson, and assessment ideas.

Kids want to learn about the world around them. They are drawn to understanding the how and why of anything and everything they can imagine, and that is what engineering can teach them. Mathematics and science can teach kids why things happen in the natural world, but the range of those disciplines stops where the man made world  begins. Engineering teaches kids why and how people actually create things, from floor lamps to rocket ships. Engineering teaches kids the ability to see a problem and the creativity necessary to create a solution.

This is a link to a course called “Moving Toward NGSS: Visualizing K-8 Engineering Education”. There are two instructors for this course and they focused on how to incorporate engineering into elementary and middle school courses through web seminars and asynchronous discussions. There were three web seminars and discussions between those seminars. This was a course that took place in 2013, so it isn’t currently going on. I did explore the site further and found another link provides resources to incorporate engineering into the K-8 classroom. The first link is an important idea because it gives instructions from an actual person that you can see, hear, and respond to; this is an important concept that teachers never stop learning  how to teach better and learn themselves. The second link is important because it provides the tools for teachers to incorporate new information into their curriculum.

I’ve included the entire website and a specific lesson plan.  This is a really great website for all STEM subjects AND includes A LOT about engineering in K-8.  I think this resource is very important in education because I think many times teachers need just as much help with engineering as the students do.

It’s hard for teachers to plan lessons and activities that allow students enough time and experience with designing and building things.  This website helps teachers with basic and entry level lesson plans so that students will gain the most experience and get the most out of the activities. 

I found this topic interesting because it ties up what kids like, such as this link talking about building roller coasters. STEM learning is a great way to introduce kids to interesting topics such as engineering and give them an inssight of a potential future career. This link also sets up a class for a teacher including a materials list, worksheets, and learning objectives.

This article was discussing the need for proper resources to teach. they talk about their failures and where to start implementing new resources. They discusses starting at the basics and reaching out to help boost what they have to offer. Its good to have kids be able to see where certain careers will take them and start dipping their toes into the water.

The website I linked is the website for a career training school I was able to take part in when I was in high school. They offer programs from mechanic, to architecture, to forensic sciences, to various engineering classes. I think courses like this are very important for high school students since it allows them to practice field work in a job they like before devoting their entire college careers to it. It also provides students with the opportunity to meet and mingle with other students from schools all around. A school like this having engineering courses is very important to me since many people are entering engineering jobs for the pay and a class like that would help them decide if that is really what they want to do with their life.

Brain pop is an online service that provides informational videos and quizzes about science and other topics. They do have an engineering curriculum available for younger children. The videos are more animated and meant for a younger audience.

I found this whole website dedicated to Engineering for STEM curriculum for K-12. It has a lot of videos,  units, lessons and activities.  I think a site like this is a really good resource for teachers who want to find good information on engineering for students K-12.  I think the most shared category is my favorite part of the site.  It is really cool to use what the most popular lessons used for each grade bracket.

Technology plays a very huge roll for the children who were born in the 21st century.  They grew up with nothing but the newest technology to “babysit” them in their adolescence years. With STEM education, it will influence the younger minds to have the curiosity to how their technology was made and how it functions than to just use it without a care in the world.  We need more younger minds to be curious of the science behind their everyday technology so they can improve on it when they grow older.

This is a pinterest board of multiple activities for “little engineers” that provides a variety of activities that help stimulate these particular interests in these young children’s minds. I think it is important for children to be given the opportunity to build and develop solutions to a problem, because even if this does not develop every cild into an engineer, it still stimulates critical thinking, and the necessity to understand all angles of any particular issue ignorer to develop a well rounded solution.

This article is about the STEM k-8 engineering system, and it helps to create learning opportunities. I think it is a good thing for people to try out new teaching strategies instead of just following the old-way of teaching as usual. We should try and see if it works or not, and we can even improve it to make it a better teaching strategy.

As more K-8 programs focus on science, technology, engineering, and math, teachers are finding that chaos creates learning opportunities. STEM has been a hot topic lately, as politicians and business leaders worry over the lack of qualified workers in the sciences and engineering. Though much public discussion focuses on higher education and high school curriculum, educators and others are realizing that for students to really get hooked on the sciences, STEM instruction has to start early. That’s where Richfield STEM and other newly minted K–8 programs come into play. Elementary educators need not fear the shift in emphasis. In fact, as generalists, they are uniquely qualified to lead inquiry-based STEM lessons.

IN this article it discusses the importance of teaching k-8 about engineering. some important point were because a lot of the nations self defense military is using man built machines, and showing interest in helping our nation by learning bout engineering.