Seven Superfun Eco-themed Engineering Activities

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 4/20/17 11:00 AM

2016.07.19_Engineering_Everywhere_logo.jpgHappy Earth Day! Are you looking to incorporate some eco-themed activities into your afterschool or summer camp curriculum? 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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Spring Forward, Fall Back

Posted by Hannah E. on 3/13/17 11:00 AM

Have you remembered to “spring forward" yet? If you were up very early on Sunday morning, you might’ve noticed the clock on your phone suddenly jumped an hour into the future—don’t forget to reset your watch, too! This leap marked the beginning of Daylight Saving Time, the period from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November when clocks are set one hour ahead of Standard Time. While the extra hour of sleep gained during the return in the fall to Standard Time is quite popular amongst night owls and college students, this biannual time adjustment is also responsible for plenty of headaches. One of the complications it creates is also an interesting engineering problem—how do you make sure everyone is “on time”?

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3 New Real-World Connections for Afterschool Engineering

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 2/14/17 11:00 AM

young engineers testingHere at EiE, we’ve found that kids are most engaged with engineering when they’re working on problems that connect to their own lives. That’s why we designed our out-of-school-time curricula, Engineering Adventures and Engineering Everywhere, to guide them through the engineering design process as it applies to a real-world problem. We’ve already put together a list of additional real-world resources for each Engineering Adventures unit (Engineering Everywhere resources are under development!), but the EiE staff is always on the lookout for even more relevant content to help inspire your young engineers. Check out these compelling connections, share them with your kids, and show them that you can find engineering . . . everywhere!

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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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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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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

Technology Flashcards on the App Store
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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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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