Resources for Educators
This year’s EngineerGirl! contest is meant to stimulate student interest in engineering by encouraging them to think about design concepts and the engineering design process. If you are looking for curriculum materials to supplement or accompany the use of the contest in your classroom the following resources may be of use.
Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies (PAS)
Ford PAS is an academically rigorous, standards-based curriculum for high school students that challenges them to integrate academic learning with realistic applications. EngineerGirl! has partnered with Ford PAS to give you access to the curriculum and everything Ford PAS has to offer. Modules within the "Data, Decisions, and Design" theme may be appropriate to build on the material presented with this year's contest. Visit our Ford PAS information page to download curriculum and module descriptions and to learn how to set up an account.
The TeachEngineering digital library provides teacher-tested, standards-based engineering content for K-12 teachers to use in science and math classrooms. Engineering lessons connect real-world experiences with curricular content already taught in K-12 classrooms. Mapped to educational content standards, TeachEngineering's comprehensive curricula are hands-on, free, and relevant to children's daily lives. The TeachEngineering description of the Engineering Design Process would be a useful introduction to concepts that are important to this year’s essay contest. Numerous lesions on the Teach Engineering site also include the basics of the design process.
If you are looking for resources and information for your classroom, Engineering Pathway is a wonderful place to start. This site is a portal to high-quality teaching and learning resources in applied science and math, engineering, computer science/information technology, and engineering technology for use by K-12 and university educators and students.
Teachers’ Domain is an online library of more than 1,000 free resources from the best in public television. These classroom resources, featuring media from NOVA, Frontline, Design Squad, American Experience, and other public broadcasting and content partners are easy to use and correlate to state and national standards. Their engineering section includes over 250 resources including this video about the engineering design process.
Intel Design and Discovery
Intel’s Design and Discovery Webpage includes free inquiry-based curriculum for students aged 11-15. The first two sessions include an introduction to the design process. The activities on this site would be most appropriate for informal education settings where students have plenty of time for design and hand-on activities.
This website is an engineering careers portal that contains resources for teachers, parents, counselors and students as well as a variety of lesson plans for various ages. You can search through the lessons by age or category.
Design Squad Online Workshop
Experience the design process in action. Watch an engineering activity, and get great resources. This workshop is perfect for anyone who would like to learn how to incorporate engineering activities into their work with kids. Watch an experienced leader as she takes kids through the Touch Down activity from the On The Moon Guide, and learn questions you can ask to guide your kids through the engineering design process. When you finish the training you'll find links to engineering resources for kids of all ages!