Sneha Tharayil, University of Texas at Austin posted a question on "Ask a Question"

PostedSunday, April 17, 2016 at 7:30 PM

What's the best format for a K-12 engineering lesson plan/unit?
As Jennifer Love and I make steady progress on developing our shoe design curriculum unit, I was curious what the community thought would be the best format for an engineering lesson? I'm familiar with a variety of lesson plan formats but none of them really seem ideal or terribly fitting for an engineering design lesson/unit, so I was wondering if anyone had some suggestions for this. I know there isn't necessarily one model, and really as long as all the necessary elements a teacher would need to execute the lesson would render that lesson plan complete. I would venture to guess, however, there has to be some theories on how engineering lesson plans should be presented, because I would conjecture that at least part of the struggle with lesson enactments for teachers would be making sense of the lesson plan document itself?
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  • Sneha Tharayil , University of Texas at Austin
    Posted Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 3:48 AM
    Mr. Huffman,
    
    Thank you so much for  the resource and reference! I had heard of the 5E model previously, but I hadn't known it was further modified into the 6E model to include engineering! That's wonderful, and I will certainly read and learn more about it! Again, thank you!
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  • Posted Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 4:51 PM
    Hi Sneha,
    Having a strong instructional model can help immensely with lesson development and format. The basic premise of the 6E Learning byDeSIGN™ Model was to develop a student-centered model that would blend design (context and concepts) and inquiry. Building on the successes of the BSCS 5E, this new model adds an “e” called eNGINEER. It is in this phase or cycle where students truly design and model as engineers would. Please see the link below for more information:
    http://iteea.org/STEMCenter/6ELearningbyDeSIGN/49882/49885.aspx
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  • Sneha Tharayil , University of Texas at Austin
    Posted Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 12:32 AM
    Mr. Soltys,
    
    Thank you so much for the recommendation! Jennifer and I certainly do plan on submitting our unit on TeachEngineering.org. I will be sure to reach out to you with any questions as we get closer to submission time.
    
    Sincerely,
    Sneha
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  • Posted Monday, April 18, 2016 at 11:40 AM
    Sneha, we have templates for lessons, activities, and curricular units on TeachEngineering.org. You're welcome to use that as a way to format your lesson plans, and I'd highly encourage you to submit your activity to TeachEngineering, we're the largest library of K-12 engineering curriculum and have over 3,000,000 users a year!  I'm happy to help with any questions you might have.
    
    https://www.teachengineering.org/submit_curricula.php
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