Web sites with great activities
Design and Discovery is a comprehensive inquiry-based curriculum, which introduces students ages 11-15 to engineering through design. In 18 sequential sessions, students follow the design process, from identifying a design opportunity to developing a working prototype. Free to download from Intel.
Design Squad: This TV program produced by WGBH Boston features eight diverse high school students who tackle a series of intriguing and sometimes wacky design challenges for real clients in a fast-paced team environment. Not showing on TV in Minnesota, but you can download the episodes and excellent activity and educator guides from their website:
Also check out the elementary engineering activities on other PBS shows:
Building Big: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/buildingbig/
Engineering Education Service Center stocks books, supplies, movies & resources for teaching about engineering.
Engineering is Elementary (EiE): The Museum of Science in Boston is creating this research-based, standards-based, and classroom-tested curriculum that integrates engineering and technology concepts and skills with elementary science, social science and language topics.
International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) is the professional organization for technology, innovation, design, and engineering educators. Published “Standards for Technological Literacy,” the inspiration for many engineering standards nationally. Great links and resources include e-newsletters, films, publications and an elementary curriculum called I3: Invention, Innovation and Inquiry.
Pitsco: A catalog packed with engineering kits and materials.
Project Lead the Way: Comprehensive engineering curriculum for secondary schools, with new elementary lessons.
Schoolyards to Skylines: Architecture lessons integrated with elementary subjects.
The Science Source: A favorite source of materials and books for hands-on engineering. Their catalog has a particularly good section of elementary engineering books from England.
Stuff That Works: Elementary engineering curriculum developed by the City College of New York (CUNY). Download projects online or purchase curriculum books and resources.
A World In Motion: Engineering challenges for elementary students. Curriculum and materials free from Society for Automotive Engineers.
Local Organizations for Science and Engineering
Compiled by The Works
Bakken Library and Museum www.thebakken.org
Destination Imagination www.mndi.org
First Lego League/High Tech Kids www.hightechkids.org
Leonardo’s Basement www.leonardosbasement.org
Mad Science www.madscience.com
Minnesota Science Teachers Association www.mnsta.org
Minnesota Technology Education Association www.mtea.net
Pavek Museum of Broadcasting www.pavekmuseum.org
Science Museum of Minnesota www.smm.org
Science Outside the Box www.scienceoutsidethebox.com
SEEK: environmental education resources www.seek.state.mn.us
Starbase Minnesota www.starbasemn.org
Tronix Team www.tronixteam.org
Urban Boatbuilders www.urbanboatbuilders.org
The Works www.theworks.org
Young Inventor’s Fair (YIF) www.successbeyond.org/YIF.htm