Four Timely Real-World Connections for Afterschool Engineering

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 12/13/16 11:00 AM

shaketable-resized.jpgIn our afterschool curricula, Engineering Adventures and Engineering Everywhere, we strive to emphasize real-world connections that make engineering feel relevant to youth. You can always find articles, videos, and books on each unit’s resource page, but our staff is constantly finding new viral videos and articles that relate to our units. Here are four resources that will show your kids that engineering is all around them, and is constantly changing the world.

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Topics: Out-of-School time

For Chicago’s Diverse-Needs Students, EiE Works

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 10/25/16 11:00 AM

Marys Classroom-resized.jpgBack in the 1920s, the Christopher School was built to serve students with disabilities, including many affected by polio. Today, this Chicago public school serves an unusually diverse student population. “Our mission statement is “Teach ALL, Reach All, Include All,” says Mary Meade, the school’s middle-school science coordinator. “Regular education students learn alongside students with severe and profound physical and cognitive disabilities.” 

Like every teacher, Mary needs lessons that help every student learn. She also looks for lessons that relate to the real world. That’s how she discovered Engineering Everywhere (EE), EiE’s out-of-school-time curriculum for ages 10–12.

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Engineering Rockets and Rovers? Extend Your Kids' Learning—and Fun!

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 9/15/16 11:00 AM

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Teachers tell us that their students sometimes get so inspired by an engineering design challenge, they want to do MORE than the lessons call for. This is a good problem to have! Here’s a plan to extend STEM learning when you teach Liftoff: Engineering Rockets and Rovers, a popular unit from Engineering Adventures, the EiE curriculum for elementary out-of-school time programs.  

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Baltimore Program Embraces “It Takes a Village” Approach to STEM Ed

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 8/23/16 11:00 AM

A few years ago, Baltimore educators and researchers launched an innovative STEM program for elementary students. One goal was to get parents engaged in their students’ STEM learning; another was to connect STEM learning to real-world issues in the local community. This focus on local connections is how Engineering Adventures, the out-of-school-time curriculum developed by Engineering is Elementary, came to be part of the “STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools” project—SABES for short.

Watch a short video about the SABES project

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Topics: Out-of-School time

Superfun for Summer: Seven Eco-themed Engineering Activities

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 7/19/16 11:00 AM

 

2016.07.19_Engineering_Everywhere_logo.jpgLooking to fill a spot on your summer camp calendar with some STEM enrichment? Here are seven superfun curriculum units from EiE's afterschool programs Engineering Adventures and Engineering Everywhere, all with a focus on protecting our planet! Lesson plans are FREE to download—just click the links below.

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Topics: Out-of-School time

Make Mongolian Music Louder on Your Next “Engineering Adventure”

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 7/14/16 11:00 AM

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Travel to Mongolia on your next Engineering Adventure!

India and Jacob are off on another adventure! In the latest installment of “Engineering Adventures,” our afterschool curriculum for grades 3–5, the globe-trotting duo is posting reports from Mongolia, where they’re attending Naadam, a traditional festival featuring wrestling, archery, horseback riding, and music. But there’s a problem: the festival loudspeakers aren’t loud enough. Can the intrepid duo engineer an amplifier to save the day? The kids in your out-of-school-time program are invited to help!

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Fun “Flashcards” App Helps Kids Learn About Technology

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 6/23/16 11:00 AM

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Entertaining and educational! Get it in the App Store.

For a modern take on old-fashioned flashcards, check out “Technology Flashcards,” the Engineering is Elementary iOS app. This digital game makes learning about technology and engineering fun for elementary-school-aged children. If you have access to a set of iPads for your classroom or summer camp, try it and see!

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Topics: Out-of-School time

Try It This Summer: Engineer a Timekeeping Device

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 6/16/16 11:00 AM


Here’s a STEM activity for summer camp that’s literally timely! It’s About Time is a curriculum unit that’s all about timekeeping; it’s also one of the newest offerings from Engineering Everywhere (EE), the out-of-school-time curriculum for middle schoolers developed here at Engineering is Elementary.

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Vermont Afterschool Wants to Send More Kids on Engineering Adventures

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 5/24/16 11:00 AM

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“Full STEM Ahead!” That’s the title of a recent Afterschool Alliance report on how afterschool programs can support in-school STEM learning. One organization that has fully embraced the rallying cry is Vermont Afterschool. Last year, the statewide organization landed a $120,000 grant from the Noyce Foundation for “afterschool and STEM system-building strategies.” A key component, says Tracy Truzansky, Vermont Afterschool’s project manager for training/STEM initiatives, is encouraging wider use of the EiE afterschool curricula Engineering Adventures and Engineering Everywhere.

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Design Fail? Four Key Questions That Help Kids Troubleshoot

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 5/12/16 11:00 AM

Every Thursday on the blog, we feature tips and tricks for teaching elementary engineering.

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Design fail? This is a teachable moment!

Imagine this scenario. You’re doing an Engineering Adventures activity with the kids in your afterschool program. They’ve been working hard designing and testing . .  . only to discover that their technology doesn’t work as planned. When that bubble wand doesn’t produce any bubbles, or the toy car made from a soda bottle doesn’t roll, don’t despair: this is a teachable moment.

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Topics: Out-of-School time