Taking Engineering Design Out for a Spin

This article discusses tasks which teachers can engage their students with in order to involve them in the process of engineering design.  More specifically, the article addresses the relationship between design and inquiry in science lessons; first taking a look at the similarities between the two, then taking a look a the many differences.  Further, the article simply illustrates how the Framework organizes practices involving both scientific inquiry and engineering design.  The article then takes a close look at two case studies (Ryan Cain – grades K-2 and Mark Soobyiah – grades 3-5) who both implement engineering design in their own classrooms using a “whirligig design challenge.”

The article can be found here.

Cain, R., Crismond, D., Soobyiah, M. (2013, January). Taking Engineering Design Out for a Spin. Science and Children.


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