The program includes four engineering challenges that open up young learners’ minds to the world of engineering by encouraging them to use familiar materials to solve problems:
- Noisemakers: Children create a loud noisemaker for a surprise party.
- Fans: Children create a fan that can produce enough wind to move a ball.
- Wrecking Balls: Children create a wrecking ball that can knock over a stack of blocks.
- Rafts: Children create a raft that can support the weight of a toy.
The Wee Engineer curriculum consists of two components: a Teacher Guide and Materials Kit.
The Teacher Guide includes step-by-step instructions for educators to lead four engineering challenges, materials preparation information, discussion prompts, educator tips, family resources, and a poster and set of cards illustrating the Engineering Design Process.
The Materials Kit includes all the supplies needed for 20 children to complete the engineering activities in this guide and a puppet to help educators set the context for each activity.
The Wee Engineering resources extend and enhance STEM learning for today’s youngest learners. With everything from resources like family letters and “make your own at home” engineering bags, to how-to videos and suggested reading book lists, educators have what they need for engineering success in their early childhood classroom.
Resources available now in print. Available digitally in summer 2020.
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