Introduce Engineering to K-12 Students
Discover engineering through media, books or local San Diego outreach events, workshops and programs. Use lesson plans developed to fully engage a student’s STEM interests. Put posters up in your classroom and meet a few of our early STEM pioneering role models. Invite an Engineer to a speak at your school. Page last updated: Apr 6, 2016
Webpages & Media to meet Inspiring Engineers & Discover STEM:
- Techies – stories of Silicon Valley tech employees including women, people of color, folks over 50, LGBT, working parents, disabled, etc.
- FabFems Project – Find a local STEM role model through this national database.
- Engineer Your Life – website to meet inspiring women engineers making a real difference (age 14-18)
- Girl Tech San Diego – workshops designed to bring out the master coding skill sets in our daughters
- Where Discoveries Begin (Compilation of discoveries & innovations in all the STEM fields – NSF)
- Explore the Internet – (List of STEM websites – Worcester Polytechnic Institute ‘STEM Education Center’)
- IwasWondering.org (middle school girls)
- Brain Cake – (girls ages 11-17, parents & educators – Carnegie Science Center)
- Aspire To Inspire: Women in Science -video of NASA scientists and engineers with the tag line “Think STEM is just for boys? We think differently”
- BEWISE Girls Science Web Links
- SDSA Science Sites for Students
- SciTechGirls: Behind the Goggles – Reuben H Fleet Science Center blog, videos and resources for girls ages 9 – 13
- She’s An Engineer – Engineering is all around us and so are engineers – practical, imaginative, sociable and innovative people who design, make and improve the world around us. Meet some inspiring role models and see what its like to be a women in STEM
Books in STEM:
- Women and Numbers – book on the lives of women mathematicians by Teri Perl is an awesome read with nice activities (ages 10+)
- Is There An Engineer In You? – Books by Celeste Baine – offer a fun, easy to read description of what Engineers do and how they make a difference in this world
- “Girls Think of Everything: Stories of Ingenious Inventions by Women” – A kid’s book of famous engineers and scientists by Catherine Thimmesh
- “Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America” – A book of famous women and their achievements including inventors, engineers and scientists by Charlotte S. Waisman and Jill S. Tietjen
- The Book of Latina Women: 150 Vidas of Passion, Strength, and Success – Book by Sylvia Mendoza includes engineers and scientists Ana Sol Gutierrez, Margarita H. Colmenares, Antonia Maury
- Women’s Adventures in Science series – A list of ten books about women scientists making exciting contributions to this world including Robot Designer Cyntia Breazeal
- Sally Ride Science Books – Offers cool careers in Engineering, Physics and other science subjects in addition to educator training and other resources
Lesson Plans & Media to Introduce STEM to aspiring Engineers:
- 3 Little Pigs Engineering Challenge – Complete with a video example (K–2)
- Engineering is Elementary – Provides 20 well documented, complete with video setup, lesson plans for K-6 grades that reinforce STEM subjects with engineering principles
- Teach Engineering – Provides specific lesson plans for K-12 grades to supplement core curriculum. Website is user-friendly with searchable plans by core subject areas.
- Engage Students in Engineering – Provides college level (10-14 grade) lesson plans, tips and ideas for integrating Everyday Examples in Engineering (E3) into coursework.
- Design Squad Nation – Blog and hands-on activities, complete with lesson plans, for grades 3-7+ to get students thinking like engineers (paper furniture, confetti throwers)
- Fetch – Blog and hands-on activities for grades K – 6.
- Full Option Science System – Planning guides and courses for K-8 grades including electronics, force and motion, and more
- Alice – A tool to allow students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games using 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles).
- Creative Problem Solvers – Coronado High School engineering curriculum
- AWIS Outreach Resources
Additional Resources for Educators & School Districts:
- STEM Career – Provides links and specific ideas for counselors, educators, parents and students to advance their STEM career interests.
- Project Lead the Way – Middle and High school STEM curriculum
- Intel Math Program – (Mathematics & Science Partnership) – Professional development for K-8 educators to enhance content knowledge and classroom skills
- National Math and Science Initiative – Ideas and workshops to transform STEM education for college preparation
- Posters for your Classroom
- Media & Books on Gender Based Social Research and Fostering Persistence
- Request a speaker