Engineering is Elementary®: Is Computing?

July 3, 2010 at 3:13 pm 2 comments

People were asking me about this at ICLS this last week — does anything like this exist for computer science, or computing education generally?  This is more than a repository.  This is a project of Boston’s Museum of Science to generate and sell material to fill various curricular holes, in support of engineering education at the K-12 level.

The Engineering is Elementary® EiE project fosters engineering and technological literacy among children. EiE is creating a research-based, standards-driven, and classroom-tested curriculum that integrates engineering and technology concepts and skills with elementary science topics. EiE lessons not only promote K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics STEM learning, but also connect with literacy and social studies.Storybooks featuring children from a variety of cultures and backgrounds introduce students to an engineering problem. Students are then challenged to solve a problem similar to that faced by the storybook character. Through a hands-on engineering design challenge, students work in teams to apply their knowledge of science and mathematics; use their inquiry and problem-solving skills; and tap their creativity as they design, create, and improve possible solutions. In the end, students realize that everyone can engineer!

via Engineering is Elementary®.

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  • 1. David Klappholz  |  July 4, 2010 at 10:40 am

    CSTA has a start on a K-12 curriculum, and certifies materials for K-12 use.

    BTW, as I think you imply: Why on earth is CS not considered to be a part of STEM by most STEM folks? At Stevens we have a very impressive organization, CIESE, that creates K-12 STEM modules used by hundreds, if not thousands, of STEM teachers across the world, and does very Barbara-like work training teachers…but CS isn’t STEM to them. I guess I’ll finally ask why.

  • 2. David Klappholz  |  July 4, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    See here for the training that CIESE does:


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