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ERIC Number: EJ1119214
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Engineering Encounters: An Engineering Design Process for Early Childhood
Lottero-Perdue, Pamela; Bowditch, Michelle; Kagan, Michelle; Robinson-Cheek, Linda; Webb, Tedra; Meller, Megan; Nosek, Theresa
Science and Children, v54 n3 p70-77 Nov 2016
This column presents ideas and techniques to enhance your science teaching. This month's issue shares information about trying (again) to engineer an egg package. Engineering is an essential part of science education, as emphasized in the "Next Generation Science Standards" (NGSS Lead States 2013). Engineering practices and performance indicators in the NGSS begin with kindergarten. There are multiple ways for young children to identify problems and then design solutions to those problems. During center time, for example, they might decide that Bear needs a house with a door and a roof, and then go about designing such a house, creating and iteratively testing to see whether Bear fits. By adding more structure to children's engineering engagement, teachers can implement science-integrated engineering design challenges that use an engineering design process (EDP) to guide student thinking and designing. Using an EDP not only scaffolds engineering learning, but it also emulates what real engineers do. In this article, the authors share how they have used "EDP for kindergarten" (EDP for K) in the context of a storybook-inspired egg package engineering design challenge that they created.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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