Children’s Engineering Teacher Resources
The Works Museum
The Works Museum can enhance your curriculum with a variety of hands-on experiences. Find out how things work in this hands-on, minds-on Museum as you explore optics and images, simple machines, structures, animation and more. The Works Museum’s unique exhibits and hands-on workshops fulfill Minnesota state science and mathematics standards and also create successful, memorable, hands-on learning experiences for your students.
ASEE: American Society for Engineering Education. Useful curriculum ideas and terrific links. Great pamphlet called “Engineering: Go for It.”
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:
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.
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.
Local Organizations for Science and Engineering Compiled by The Works Museum
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
Minnesota Science Teachers Association www.mnsta.org
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
Excel Energy e-SMARTkids www.xcelenergy.e-smartkids.com