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  • Elizabeth Barrett-Zahn

Engineering Design (Call for Papers)

Updated: Aug 4, 2020

With National Engineers Week celebrated from February 16th to the 22nd, Science and Children will devote the February 2021 issue to Engineering, Technology, and the Application of Science (ETS). How are we providing opportunities for students to extend their ability to define and delimit engineering problems, develop possible solutions, and optimize their design solutions?

Engineering provides context for science and math skills where students can apply their thinking and share their understandings. Research suggests that student equity increases when engineering is incorporated into the classroom, as students have opportunities to grapple with multidimensional, real-world issues. Engineering also offers many opportunities for the development of 21st Century Skills of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication.

Article suggestions for this issue include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Share lessons and activities which promote engineering practices in the PreK–2 classroom. How have students defined, developed solutions, and optimized their solutions?

  • Provide lessons and activities for grades 3–5 where students formalize their problem-solving skills by focusing on criteria for success, recognizing constraints and limitations, as well as using analysis of failure points to improve solutions.

  • Describe how traditionally marginalized students can succeed by incorporating relevant engineering problems. How can engineering help bridge equity and cultural relevancy in the elementary classroom?

  • Share an engineering activity or lesson that focuses on addressing differentiation strategies for ELLs or students with special needs with the classroom.

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