We are thrilled to announce our collaboration with Pear Deck™, a student engagement platform providing interactive learning and formative assessment solutions. As part of the collaboration, Pear Deck will offer a series of EiE-developed interactive STEM lessons that support educators in introducing the critical topic of climate change to students in grades 3–8.
EiE Resources for Teachers | Classroom Organization | EiE Teaching Tips | Engineering for All | MOS at School | Thursday, January 6
Happy 2022, EiE friends and family! As we gear up for another exciting year, we'd love to know what topics, activities and lessons you think will be most helpful for your classrooms, learners and other educators this year.
When you’re getting ready to teach an Engineering is Elementary lesson—or when you’re in the middle of a lesson that extends over more than one class period—you have lots things to organize.
Patty Whitehouse is the Engineering Lab teacher at Chicago Public Schools' Goudy Technology Academy, which means she does more organizing than most teachers. Every student in the first through fourth grades comes through her lab once a week—almost 400 students total. The school uses two or three different Engineering is Elementary units in each grade, so Patty often preps five different Engineering is Elementary lessons each day! Here’s how she stays organized:
Classroom Organization | EiE Teaching Tips | Tuesday, November 24
If you’re teaching “Marvelous Machines: Making Work Easier," EiE's industrial engineering unit, our collaborators at the Science Museum of Minnesota (SMM) have some tips for teaching Lesson 4 (“Improving a Factory Subsystem"). The lesson calls for kids to use what they’ve learned about simple machines in science class to design a model “loading dock” that helps a potato chip factory run more smoothly. Try these five fast tips to save time, reduce classroom chaos, and most importantly, enhance your students’ learning!
Classroom Organization | EiE Teaching Tips | Thursday, October 22
Each Thursday on the EiE Blog we offer tips for teachers of elementary engineering.
To answer today's question, let's take a look at Lesson 3 of the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) unit Catching the Wind: Designing Windmills. This lesson engages students in designing sails with different shapes from a variety of materials. Once their sail is constructed, kids attach it to a little raft mounted on a track, turn on an electric fan to generate “wind,” and measure how far their raft sails down the track. Often, teachers like to set up more than one sail track, so that testing can proceed faster . . . but then students ask if they can race. Should you let a sailboat race be part of the activity?