1st Edition

Introducing Engineering in K-8 Settings Fostering Children's Powerful Design Ideas

    254 Pages 73 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    254 Pages 73 B/W Illustrations
    by Eye On Education

    Introducing Engineering in K-8 Settings will arm you with the tools you need to incorporate engineering design into your classroom. Rather than prescribing a specific curriculum to follow, this book will help you engage your students with hands-on, open-ended engineering design problems that can be easily integrated into your existing classroom set up.

    Beginning with the basics of K-8 engineering and advancing to topics such as integrating engineering with other disciplines, documentation, and assessments; chapters will provide a how-to on creating open-ended engineering activities, design tasks, and projects that are reflective of the academic, social, emotional, developmental, and community goals of your students. An additional focus on ways to adapt these pedagogical approaches to meet the needs of all students, representative of racially, ethnically, socioeconomically, gender diverse populations, and students who receive special education services is included. Case studies and practical implementation strategies are presented alongside more than fifteen lesson plans, with tips on how to modify the tasks presented in the book to work with your classroom and students. This user-centered approach will also help you create your own engineering lessons that meet your individual classroom objectives and interests and be able to recognize and classify your students’ engineering behaviors to support them in enacting their ideas.

    No matter your experience or comfort level, this book will be an invaluable resource for elementary and middle school science and technology teachers at all career stages who are looking to introduce engineering design to their students.

    Additional classroom resources can be found online at introducingengineering.org.

    1. An Introduction to Engineering in K-8  2. Engineering and Children’s Powerful Designs  3. Children’s Engineering: Knowledge, Skills, and Engagement  4. The Responsive Engineering Classroom  5. Engineering Activities: What counts as engineering?  6. Getting Engineering Started in Your Classroom  7. A First Step - A Beginning Classroom Activity  8. Getting Started with Engineering: Sample Introductory Activities  9. Writing and Drawing to Support Engineering Thinking  10. Facilitating Engineering Conversations  11. Inclusive and Connected Engineering Classrooms  12.Choosing Materials and Building  13. Assessment  14. Engineering Design Activity Sequences  Appendices 1. Classroom Resources  2. Lesson Plans 3. Supporting Content


    Elissa Milto is Director of Outreach at Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach, USA.

    Chelsea Andrews is a research assistant professor at Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach, USA.

    Merredith Portsmore serves as the Director of Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach and as a research associate professor, USA.

    Christopher Wright is an associate professor in the School of Education at Drexel University, USA.