We are starting a series that will explore the “E” in STEM education.
Some of the most fascinating structures such as the CN Tower in Ontario, Canada, the Golden Gate bridge, and solar-powered cars were each constructed through engineering design principles.
What is engineering design? Generally, this process involves 4 steps: Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create and Improve (EiE, 2015). These steps involve identifying the problem, devising possible solutions, constructing a diagram/determining material needs, and producing and improving a product. Creating a “product” differentiates engineering from science.
Engineering is a great way to spark interest in science. Through project-based learning activities, students can design technology with a useful function in scientific processes. Integrating science and engineering encourages interdisciplinary STEM learning.
Let’s start building!