PostedMonday, June 25, 2018 at 1:36 PM
A list of suggested resources on how to start engineering with younger kids.
Kids are natural engineers, so it makes sense to encourage them in STEM early.
Picture books are a great way to introduce engineering to smaller kids:
- A member made a list of some favorites
- The NSTA (National Science Teachers Assoc) compiles an annual list of recommended titles
- Start Engineering has some fun posters, books and coloring books on engineering
- Engineering is Elementary has a helpful blog post with suggestions.
Libraries often have lots of STEM resources for families. Check out our blog about Libraries as STEM Centers.
- Engineering is Elementary provides STEM curriculum and training for schools, but has lots of resources for individuals. They just rolled out a Wee Engineer program for PreK-K. They have a great blog/newsletter and a large video library. You can watch a Video Conversation with Christine Cunningham, EiE's founder, about engineering with kids.
- A recent EiE blog post about engineering with preschoolers.
- TeachEngineering has over 1,500 standards-aligned, curated, STEM activities and lesson plans, many with videos. You can search by grade level and topic. They also have a fun YouTube channel.
- NASA has a family STEM site with lots of ideas.
- PBS Learning Media Center is searchable by grade level and topic and includes hundreds of engineering and technology resources:
We have a good overview of the engineering design process and engineering design models that includes a simplified version created by Engineering is Elementary.
This should get you started! Have fun.