Engineering Encounters: Am I Really Teaching Engineering to Elementary Students?by: Heather McCullar

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Lessons from an environmental engineering summer camp for first and second graders.

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  • on Wed Feb 17, 2016 10:01 PM

I feel that this is a great article explaining how a teacher took the engineering standards out of the new Next Generation Science Standards and applied them in a week-long day camp with first and second graders. She gives the different activities that she worked on with the students and how it aligned to the 5E model of teaching. She did not give specific lesson plans within the article, which for this particular publication, I feel was appropriate. She did however give enough information that a science teacher could more than likely replicate a similar type of engineering experiment with his/her classroom. She also included the students’ reactions to each experiment and also included the type of assessments used for each specific activity. It seems as though the students both had a great time and also learned an important part of science, which is the definitions of both engineers and technology. However, she did not stop with the students learning the definitions of these two words. Instead, the students explored what it would actually be like to work as an engineer and to find different technology to solve problems. This was a great article and was full of information that could be used within the regular classroom, not just within a camp type setting.

Meghan C
Meghan C

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