K-12 Engineering Learning Standards
- Next Generation Science Standards
- Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework (Massachusetts has had engineering K-12 standards for over a decade.
Curriculum and Resources
- eGFI – Engineering Go For It
portal is designed for students to explore and is sponsored by the American Society for Engineering Education . There is an eGFI portal for teachers where teachers can search lesson plans and activities by grade and topic. The teacher portal provides links to Web Resources, Special Features, K-12 Education News, Competitions and Contests. Teachers can subscribe to a newsletter and receive updates on news about engineering for teachers.
- Teach Engineering – Resources K-12 – Standards Based
From the Site: “TeachEngineering is a searchable, web-based digital library collection populated with standards-based engineering curricula for use by K-12 teachers and engineering faculty to make applied science and math come alive through engineering design in K-12 settings. Every lesson and activity is explicitly aligned to the science and/or math educational standards of the state in which it was first developed and classroom tested, as well as to the Common Core Math, Next-Gen Science and ITEEA standards, if they apply. If you are looking for lessons or activities to meet a certain standard, go to Search Educational Standards, find the standard of interest and all aligned lessons and activities will be indicated. “
- Teaching NGSS Through the Media – PBS
From the site: “is a collection of activities and professional development resources drawn from programs such as WGBH’s Design Squad Nation and the Engineering is Elementary® project at the Museum of Science, Boston. These media-based resources illustrate and deepen teachers’ understanding of Next Generation Science Standards and help them bring engineering alive for students at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.”
- National Science Digital Library – Standards Based
This resources can be searched by: Education Level, Resource Type, Subject or Standards. This resource has standards based K-12 curriculum for engineering.
- Project Lead The Way:
This organization has curriculum for teaching engineering in all four years of high school. Generally PLTW requires a district agreement.
- Engineering is Elementary
is developed by the Boston Museum of Science and has curriculum for 1-5 grades in school, 3-5 grades after school and grades 6-8 after school. Their curriculum is developed using a rigorous multi-disciplinary design process. The after school programs are often available at no cost and have professional videos to support them.
- Mechanical Dissection
can be used to teach students about engineering. This description is from Stanford University. The main idea is that students take some technology apart and try to reverse engineer the object to determine how it works. Students make drawings and document their process.
Text Books & Educators Guides
- Engineering The Future
This textbook and curriculum is designed by the Museum of Science, Boston for high school classes. The approach is to low cost. Professional Development is available online and on site.
- Engineering Design: An Introduction (Project Lead the Way)
This textbook is for high school and is fairly expensive. As described above, PTLW usually requires a district agreement.
- Building Big Educators’ Guide
is a well designed (PBS and the American Society for Civil Engineering) set of activities for 5-8th graders focused on civil engineering topics such as bridges, domes, skyscrapers, dams and tunnels.
- PBS Design Squad Educator’s Guides
This show is one of the few that is focused on teaching students about engineering design. There are guides for 4-8 grades, middle school, and 3-12.
- Engineering in Everyday Life
Engineering is everywhere.
- Engineer Your Life and Engineer Girl
Great pages to introduce girls to engineering
- Engineering for Change
Engineering and Social Justice
- How Stuff Works
- The List from American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Engineering K-12 Center
- American Institute of Chemical Engineers: http://www.aiche.org
- American Society for Civil Engineers: http://www.asce.org/kids
- American Society of Mechanical Engineers: https://www.asme.org/career-education/k-12-students
- Autodesk Design Academy: http://usa.autodesk.com
- Discover Engineering Online: http://www.discoverengineering.org
- Design and Discovery: http://www.intel.com/education/design
- The Infinity Project: http://www.infinity-project.org
- National Engineers Week: Discover “E”: http://www.eweek.org/site/DiscoverE/activities/index.shtml
- The National Science Foundation: http://www.nsf.gov/news/classroom/engineering.jsp
- National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE): http://www.nsbe.org/home.aspx
- Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE): http://students.sae.org
- Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE): http://www.shpe.org
- Society of Women Engineers (SWE): http://www.swe.org
- US FIRST: http://www.usfirst.org