February 12, 2023
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10 Terrific Resources for Your Lessons
Prepare for National Engineers Week (February 19–25) and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (February 23) with this curated list of resources packed with engineering ideas for the classroom.
Investigate STEM teaching units for grades K–2 that incorporate the engineering process and correlate to science standards. Each lesson within a unit provides connections between science concepts and picture books.
Babble Dabble Do
Connect the arts and sciences through hands-on exploration with the creative projects shared on this site. Click on Engineering for Kids to view several DIY activity suggestions, videos, STEM projects, coding games, and engineering challenges.
Instructables - Project Based Engineering for Kids
Discover a collection of problem-based learning lessons for physics and structural and mechanical engineering that involve building models. Each topic includes a video with step-by-step construction directions and a list of necessary materials.
The Engineering Place
Explore these resources about engineering for students, parents, and educators. Visit the student section (sorted by age groups) to find information about careers in engineering. The teacher section includes lesson plans and activity ideas.
MIT Full STEAM Ahead
Each week, educators from MIT provide themed grade-level learning packages that include videos, activities, and challenges on various topics. Content includes inventions, outer space, music and sounds, and other engineering topics.
SciGirls Connect! provides resources to encourage girls to engage in STEM. Browse the site to find resources divided by topic, including videos, interactives, and hands-on activities. The site also provides lesson guides for educators.
Those Amazing Engineers
View this introduction to engineering and related careers through vibrant images, text, and video. Scroll through the home page to explore the various types of engineers and follow the links to learn more about each field.
OK Go Sandbox
Capture the interest of your most reluctant students with these STEAM projects presented through music videos and guided inquiry challenges. An example activity on the site is a lesson about simple machines demonstrated through a chain reaction.
Browse this site to find resources to share with students from FabFems, a place that encourages girls to find or become role models in STEM careers. It’s a national database of professionals in science, technology, engineering, and math careers.
Navigate through various resources focused on engineering, computers, and associated careers. Students, teachers, parents, and counselors can explore this site to learn more about planning a career path in engineering.
This Week at TeachersFirst
TeachersFirst is headed to PETE&C and IDEAcon 2023! If you’re attending, visit our booth at IDEAcon or attend one of our sessions—we’d love to connect! We also invite you to join us this Thursday (2/16) for our next bimonthly Twitter chat. Check out the blog post related to engineering and remember to give your input in our weekly poll.
Thursday, 2/16, 8 PM ET
Twitter Chat: Engage & Inspire: Authentic Learning Activities
Come and tweet with us using the hashtags #OK2Ask and #TeachersFirst. During this chat, participants will discuss the instructional goals of authentic assessment and share tech tools and resources for authentic assessment experiences.
Infusing Technology Blog
Celebrate National Engineers Week with Design Thinking!
View this blog post to learn ways to infuse design thinking into your engineering lessons. Learn about design thinking and discover several web resources to share with your students.
Make the connection between design thinking and engineering »
Learn about new tools to use tomorrow
If you’re heading to the PETE&C conference at Kalahari, join our session on Monday, 2/13, at 11:30 AM ET! Melissa Henning will present a new Nifty 50 session featuring tips and tools related to the core subjects and beyond.
Stop by and say hello!
TeachersFirst is proud to be an IDEA partner and to exhibit and present at IDEAcon 2023! Visit booth 310 to enter our raffle to win a My Time PD kit, learn how you can earn ISBE- approved professional development hours (PDH), and explore our resources!
Share your thoughts with our community
This week our poll asks, "How could you incorporate engineering lessons into your plans?" Share your reply and immediately view the responses of other educators.
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