In Pre-K education through the first years of elementary school, engineering skills may not be top of mind for parents or educators, but a solid foundation of problem-solving practice familiarity with the engineering design process will serve learners long beyond their early learning years. Though engineering in the early years looks different than the experiments and calculations students learn later in their education, hands-on learning for young kids builds on the same skills!
Early Childhood STEM Education | Implementing EiE | Wee Engineer | Preschool | Pre-K | Early Engineering | Kindergarten | EiE for Kindergarten | Create a Generation of Problem Solvers | STEM Implementation | Thursday, March 17
Spark a Lifelong Love of STEM!
Anyone, even young children, can be engineers. With EiE®’s Wee Engineer and EiE for Kindergarten units, you can foster young learners’ creativity and put them on a problem solving path before they reach elementary school.
Wee Engineer | Preschool | Pre-K | Kindergarten | EiE for Kindergarten | Engineering Activities | Monday, July 22
Engineering with Preschoolers and Kindergartners: See it In Action!
Young learners are natural engineers, ready to innovate and eager to explore the world around them. Extending our curricula offerings to the youngest learners and creating an engineering design process for the preschool classroom seemed like a natural next step for EiE. Our newest curricula, Wee Engineer and EiE for Kindergarten, are picking up press With our recent feature in T.H.E. Journal, we were reminded how much we couldn’t have created our newest offerings without our closest collaborators: educators! Every EiE unit undergoes multiple rounds of pilot testing to ensure that educators can implement engineering with ease. Our pilot educators teach in a variety of settings and have varying levels of experience with engineering. With their feedback and guidance, we’ve learned so much about how to design hands-on engineering activities for preschoolers and kindergartners. Hear from these passionate educators, download free sample lessons from Wee Engineer and EiE for Kindergarten, and create a generation of problem solvers.
Early Childhood STEM Education | Wee Engineer | Preschool | Pre-K | Early Engineering | Kindergarten | EiE for Kindergarten | Friday, August 3
What Does Engineering Look Like in Early Childhood?
Hands-on engineering activities empower young children to see themselves as problem solvers. They learn that there’s more than one way to solve a problem, and that it’s okay to fail and try again. A classroom-tested engineering design challenge with an age-appropriate engineering design process will provide fun and engaging opportunities for the youngest learners. We found in creating our early childhood curricula that engineering activities should look different in preschool in comparison to kindergarten. Learn about those differences below and why age-appropriate engineering activities are so important.
Early Childhood STEM Education | Wee Engineer | Preschool | Pre-K | Early Engineering | Tuesday, September 11
Why Engineer With Preschoolers?
Before creating our preschool curriculum Wee Engineer, we knew that it was important to answer these questions, "Why engineer with preschoolers?" and “How will engineering support early childhood development?” Preschoolers make a lot of things, and our challenge was to channel this natural inclination of children into an engineering activity that would align with the skills they’re already developing. We conducted hours of research, consulted with many early childhood educators, and tested our activities in various early childhood settings with the goal of answering the above question.
Through this work, we identified several ways in which engineering is beneficial to young children as they develop skills in these important learning domains: social-emotional, language acquisition, executive functioning, and fine and gross motor skills.