I found these resources in Home Education Magazine’s Sept-Oct 2009 issue, so I can’t take credit for discovering any of them.  But I liked them so much that I wanted to record them for future reference!  Rebecca Rupp, one of Home Education Magazine’s regular columnists, put these together.  Here are my favorites, which are the ones that are appropriate for elementary schoolers (the descriptions of the sites are my own):

Design Squad is a show on PBS in which high schoolers tackle really cool engineering problems, like building a remote-controlled, acquatic pet rescue vehicle.  The show’s website, http://pbskids.org/designsquad/, is an absolutely fabulous resource for parents, teachers, and, of course, kids!  You can watch past episodes of Design Squad, find instructions for builing your own, cool projects (like a hidden alarm), and even download a free educator’s guide called “10 Engineering Challenges for 9- to 12 Year-Olds.”  There’s even an online workshop to help educators learn to lead kids in engineering activities.  You can let your kids loose on their two online games.  I love this site!!

If you’d like more lesson plans and online resources, be sure to go to “Engineer, Go for It!” at http://egfi-k12.org/ , which is hosted by the American Society for Engineering Education.  Click on “For Teachers” to find lesson plans and class activities organized by grade level.  You can even read the eGFI magazine online.  It’s geared toward young people and has great pictures and short, interesting articles.

If you go to the website of the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association, http://www.iteaconnect.org/, you can find a long list of teacher resource websites.  There are some materials that are only available to members, but the ample resources available to everyone make it more than worth the visit.

Find more resources and ready-to-use activities for elementary-level students at http://www.childrensengineering.com/, the website of Children’s Engineering Educators, LLC.

Don’t forget the Legos!  Be sure to visit www.legoengineering.com.  Under Teaching Resources, look for activities such as the Dancing Robot!  An age range is given for each activity, and there are activities for kids as young as five.  You can’t go wrong with legos!

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