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Ideas for getting started with pre-schoolers

PostedMonday, June 25, 2018 at 1:36 PM

Updated07/09/2018

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. 

For activities/ideas/inspiration:
- 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.

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. 

For activities/ideas/inspiration:
- 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.
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