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4 Creative Ways to Use the Engineering Design Process as a Problem-Solving Tool

Posted by Amielle Major on 11/30/17 11:00 AM

EIE.jpgThe engineering design process is central to engineering. Engineers use the EDP to create technologies. For our elementary engineering curriculum, we developed an age-appropriate five-step EDP: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, and Improve. Did you know you can apply this problem-solving tool to problems outside of engineering? Throughout the school day, your students encounter numerous problems that they’ll need to solve. Our engineering design process can give your students a process to solve their everyday problems more effectively and a chance to practice important 21st century skills like collaboration, communication and critical thinking. Over the years, educators have shared with us the innovative ways they adapted EiE’s engineering design process to the help their students solve a problem. Below we share our favorite examples!

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6 Awesomely Inspiring Stories to Share with Your Students

Posted by Amielle Major on 11/9/17 11:00 AM

EIE.jpgRecently, EiE team members attended our very own Museum of Science’s Dream Big Educators’ Night. Alongside 200 educators, we watched the Museum’s new IMAX film Dream Big: Engineering Our World, an amazing testament to the ingenuity and resourcefulness of engineers. Dream Big is a great example of how engineering stories that situate STEM learning in a real-world context help students understand the significance of the STEM concepts that they learn in the classroom. We were so inspired by Dream Big that we compiled a list of video resources that feature engineers who are working to achieve the incredible. Visit the Museum to watch Dream Big in person and/or show your students these clips to spark their imagination and get them excited about engineering a bigger and better future!

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3 Teacher-Tested Ways to Create STEM Curriculum that Engages All Students

Posted by Amielle Major on 10/17/17 11:00 AM

EAH0A0024-1.jpgiE aims to create the next generation of problem solvers. To achieve this we know our engineering curricula needs to engage ALL students. When our founder Christine Cunningham started the EiE project, she realized she had an incredible opportunity to introduce a new discipline to students without worrying about previous experiences, entrenched models of learning, or biases against the subject. She began this process in earnest by reviewing literature on elementary school STEM education and talking to educators and engineers about what elementary engineering could look like. From this research, Cunningham and the EiE research team identified the fourteen inclusive design principles that we still use today to develop our curricula.

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Topics: Engineering for All

How EiE Helps Teachers Model Productive Collaboration

Posted by Amielle Major on 8/8/17 11:00 AM

Designing a knee braceAny teacher will tell you that getting students to work together effectively in teams is not easy. Simply telling students to work together won’t lead to productive collaboration. The term “collaboration” has many definitions, but most writers agree it’s more than just working in a group. Collaboration is the act of engaging in creative group work that sparks innovation and productivity. To accomplish this, teachers need to model productive collaboration and give students authentic opportunities to collaborate. Of course, this is always easier said than done. Because EiE values collaboration and views collaboration as an essential part of engineering (and of life), we developed curricula that models for teachers easy and effective ways to encourage productive collaboration.

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Topics: EiE Resources for Teachers