The Explore Engineering Kit and Curriculum is a fun and engaging resource to inspire an interest in Engineering and STEM career pathways for 3rd through 8th grade youth! Key features of this resource include:

  • Each lesson is hands-on, engaging, and framed by the Experiential Learning Model – Do, Reflect, Apply. Your students will not want to stop!
  • Integrated within the curriculum are aspects of life skill development (including teamwork, effective communication, critical thinking, problem-solving and creative thinking), entrepreneurial mindset, and literacy.
  • Utilizes low-cost and recycled supplies.
  • Suitable for formal and non-formal settings from the classroom to a 4-H club!
  • Aligned to academic standards including the Next Generation Science Standards and the 2019 Minnesota Science Standards.

Best of all, the curriculum is FREE! To download, educators just need to complete a simple form so we are able to track how this resource is being used. Learn more…

The goals of this project are to:

  1. Inspire interest in engineering-related careers among students in grades 3-8.
  2. Increase the number of individuals entering engineering-related careers, including those from underserved communities.
  3. Increase educators’ self-efficacy to teach basic engineering principles to their students.
  4. Support educators in teaching STEM principles through hands-on lesson plans, tools, and resources.

Curriculum

Each lesson within the curriculum is…

  • Framed by the Experiential Learning Model – Do, Reflect, Apply
  • Aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards and the 2019 Minnesota Science Standards
  • Scalable for 3rd-5th grade up to 6th-8th grade
  • Appropriate for in the classroom or during out-of-school programs

Integrated within the curriculum are aspects of…

  • Life skill development (including teamwork, effective communication, critical thinking, problem-solving and creative thinking)
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Literacy

Explore Engineering Curriculum


Kit

The Explore Engineering Kit, to be used in conjunction with the Explore Engineering Curriculum, includes an Engineering Structure made from pegboard panels, PVC pipes, and an assortment of PVC connectors. The kit also includes an assortment of:

  • 1/4″ Dowel Pegs and Chenille Stems
  • Tubes, Pipes, Marbles, Balls, etc.
  • Miscellaneous Building Material
  • Storage Bags, and
  • Engineering Design Process and Backward Design Process Posters

Educators can create their own kit with our instructional guide or purchase a kit from us.

FREE KIT!

Through the support of the Boston Scientific Foundation and the Perrigo Foundation, educators serving areas with high free and reduced lunch populations in the greater St. Paul / Minneapolis area are eligible to receive free kits and training. Contact Melissa Huppert to see if you qualify or complete the form here.

Explore Engineering Kit


Training

Educator training will be offered regularly to ensure educators feel equipped to utilize this resource and to increase their self-efficacy to teach basic engineering and STEM principles to their students through hands-on, experiential learning-based lessons and activities.

FREE TRAINING!

Through the support of the Boston Scientific Foundation and the Perrigo Foundation, educators serving areas with high free and reduced lunch populations in the greater St. Paul / Minneapolis area are eligible to receive free kits and training. Contact Melissa Huppert to see if you qualify or complete the form here.

Scheduled Training

Centers of Excellence Teacher Training Institute

The Explore Engineering Curriculum and Kit training will be offered as a session at the Centers of Excellence Teacher Training Institute.

Details:

WHO: Any STEM Educator (In, Out, or Beyond the Classroom) working with 3 – 12 grades.
WHAT: Opportunity to become trained in various STEM curriculum and programs. Attendees will be eligible for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).
WHEN: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 | 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM
WHERE: Century College | 3300 Century Avenue, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
COST: $50 Earlybird (ends July 1, 2020); $75 After July 1, 2020
DEADLINE: Registration Due July 29, 2020

Teacher Training Institute



This project is sponsored in part by the Boston Scientific Foundation and Perrigo Foundation STEM Education Grants.