If you’ve ever watched children at play, you know they’re fascinated with building things—and with taking things apart to see how they work. In other words, children are natural-born engineers.
Located in the Early Learning Resources collection, 20 volumes of the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) Curriculum are waiting to be discovered and checked out. EiE was developed by the Museum of Science, Boston in an effort to integrate engineering with science and improve student understanding of technology. Each EiE curriculum unit following these design parameters:
- Every unit uses a field of engineering as a unifying theme
- Units can stand alone. You can use EiE units in any order
- Lessons are flexible—they can be adapted for different grades/abilities
- Lessons are scaffolded—they build logically to the final engineering design challenge
- All activities use simple, inexpensive materials
- Activities appeal to ALL students—including girls and members of minority groups
Whether you are home schooling, or just want to explore engineering with your child, these units are here for you. Want to learn more? Take a look at the Engineering is Elementary web site, and then come to the Attleboro Library and check them out!