Do you struggle to think of STEAM or critical thinking activities to do with your afterschool kids? Perhaps you are a tutoring company running some STEM or STEAM workshops at the weekend. Well free help is at hand courtesy of the Museum of Science in Boston with the Engineering is Elementary program curriculum.
There are two free modules provided by Engineering is Elementary:
1. Engineering Adventures is a free curriculum created especially for kids in grades 3-5 in an out of school program. Follow the adventurous duo India and Jacob around the world and solve real-life problems through the engineering design process.
2. Engineering Everywhere is a free engineering curriculum for middle school aged youth in afterschool and camp programs. EE empowers youth to tackle real-world engineering problems using gthe engineering design process, creativity and collaboration.
The Unit Overview is simple to understand clearly detailing the 8 lessons of 45 minutes each to complete the unit and a link to download the Educator Guide, Engineering Journal and online resource links.
There are a total of 7 Units in the Engineering Adventures module:
1. Flying Technologies.
2. Rockets & Rovers
3. Bubble Wands
4. Aid Drop Packages
6. Recycled Racers
7. Invasive Species
Insulated Homes is an example of an Engineering Everywhere unit for middle schoolers. There are 4 units in the module:
1. Urban Landscapes
2. Insulated Homes
3. Safety Helmets
4. Ice Cream
There is no time information on the overview but the video (I watched Urban Landscapes) is a great springboard into the project.
These units are also free to download and coming later this year will be the choice to purchase a hard copy educator guide and a materials kit. So what are you waiting for. Get going with your engineering projects and improve critical thinking.
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