Key points:

  • Engineering doesn’t have to be intimidating
  • Engineering helps students learn the mechanics of their world

Engineering is arguably one of the most useful and relevant subjects in our schools today. Its impact on our world cannot be overstated. Engineers are the ones who help humanity reach the moon, explore the depths of the ocean, assist in the treatment of serious illnesses, and even design many of the games our students play.

Unfortunately, engineering can often feel like a separate unit or idea that teachers need to explain. With many of today’s educators already feeling overwhelmed with the responsibilities of teaching, finding ways to seamlessly integrate engineering into the curriculum is essential for both teacher and student success.

Engineering is all about creating and practicing solutions to human problems. It can branch into chemistry, biology, and all fields of science. So, what does that look like in the classroom?

Here are just a few strategies that teachers can use to build engineering into their classroom curriculum:

1. Start Simple: Engineering doesn’t have to be complex to challenge student creativity and critical thinking. Simple activities such as building a glider out of paper and plastic straws or designing ways for a plastic diver to stay afloat in a pool of water can do much to spark student imagination. They are also a good method for promoting soft engineering skills like collaboration and communication.

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