Engineering Design

Math & Science Updates- January 2016 Edition

Why engage students in engineering design in elementary schools?

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) argued that it is imperative for elementary aged students to engage in engineering practices since these opportunities build on children's natural inclination to design, build, and take things apart to see how they work. In addition, research has shown that students who engage in engineering design do better in math and science since it motivates them to learn concepts due to the real world application (Wicklein, 2006). Further, engineering encompasses hands-on activity, teamwork, and inquiry , which are the best means for developing children's 21st century skills (Miaoulis, 2001). Given the benefits of engaging in engineering design as well the fact that the Next Generation Science Standards promotes engineering, this edition will focus on how, we as educators, can provide students with such opportunities.