The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) represent a commitment to integrate engineering design into the structure of science education by raising engineering design to the same level as scientific inquiry when teaching science disciplines at all levels, from kindergarten to grade 12. There are both practical and inspirational reasons for including engineering design as an essential element of science education.
We anticipate that the insights gained and interests provoked from studying and engaging in the practices of science and engineering during their K-12 schooling should help students see how science and engineering are instrumental in addressing major challenges that confront society today, such as generating sufficient energy, preventing and treating diseases, maintaining supplies of clean water and food, and solving the problems of global environmental change. (NRC 2012, p. 9)
Providing students a foundation in engineering design allows them to better engage in and aspire to solve the major societal and environmental challenges they will face in the decades ahead.
Read more about science and engineering: https://www.nextgenscience.org/sites/default/files/Appendix%20I%20-%20Engineering%20Design%20in%20NGSS%20-%20FINAL_V2.pdf
A complete guide to STEM for kids (K-12) organized by age and interest, and a section specifically focused on resources and activities for girls.
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Check this website for suggested activities, including how to organize the event, the materials needed, and the importance of learning the science concepts along with the engineering challenges.
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This website has many curriculum and instruction resources for upper elementary through high school. Educator pages include in-depth information about engineering careers and college prep required for them. Engineering videos highlight many engineers and their work and are high interest. This site is excellent for teachers, students, parents, and community partners!