Engineering Encounters: How to Develop an Engineering Design Task

Journal Article by: Chelsey Dankenbring, Brenda M. Capobianco, and David Eichinger Digital resources are stored online in your NSTA Library.

Create your own design activity in seven steps.

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A selection from Science and Children—October 2014

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  • on Sat Oct 03, 2015 6:41 PM

Great article when looking to develop an engineering unit or lesson. The only thing I wished this article included was a practical application to the traditional concept of engineering more linked with technology (but this is my personal preference). Overall, it did a great job of leading me through the steps and telling me what to consider!

Neena Paul
Neena Paul

  • on Mon Oct 06, 2014 9:41 AM

With engineering design used more often in the elementary grades, teachers sometimes need to develop their own plans to do so. This article describes in detail how to think and plan the steps of an engineering design idea. With an engineering design task the teacher needs to start with a problem to be solved and take it from there. This article is very clear to follow and gives excellent details for a teacher to follow.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

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