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EiE Resources for Teachers | Engineering is Elementary | Engineering Design Process | Thursday, September 6

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

The engineering design process is central to engineering. Engineers use the engineering design process to create technologies. For our elementary engineering curriculum, we developed an age-appropriate five-step engineering design process: 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 five-step Engineering Design Process (EDP) to the help their students solve a problem. Below we share our favorite examples!

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Engineering Everywhere | Engineering Adventures | Engineering is Elementary | Engineering Activities | Monday, October 29

Spooktacular Halloween Modifications for Classroom Engineering

In every EiE unit, we challenge students to solve a real-world problem with the Engineering Design Process. But around our favorite holidays, we can’t help but brainstorm fantastical design challenge contexts that fit the season. This past spring, we suggested out-of-this-world EiE modifications for Star Wars Day. This month, we’re bringing you some Halloween-themed modifications for spooky engineering fun in your classroom! Check out our special Halloween STEM activities for kids, and if you think you're an engineering whiz, try out your knowledge with our Engineering IQ Test.

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