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Engineering

Curious George STEM

Grade Level: PreK-4
Resource Type: Video, Document

Help young children understand science, technology, engineering, and math concepts—such as measuring, building, and simple machines—with hands-on investigations. Through this work, they learn to ask questions, predict outcomes, share observations, and formulate theories.

Engineer a Bridge | Sesame Street

Grade Level: PreK-3
Resource Type: Video

Elmo and Abby investigate more about engineers, and think about ways to build a bridge.

How to Build a Rocket and Think Like an Engineer

Grade Level: PreK-3
Resource Type: Video

Play with the science of air, investigate, and think like an engineer with the Children’s Museum of Denver. Activities include racing balloons, making puff rockets, and building a paper rocket.

Let’s Discover: Engineering | Sesame Street

Grade Level: PreK-3
Resource Type: Video

What is engineering? Investigate along with Abby and Elmo to find out.

Tube Engineering | Sesame Street

Grade Level: PreK-3
Resource Type: Video

Explore with Elmo and Abby the different things you can engineer using a cardboard tube.

How Engineering Affects Your Life

Grade Level: K-2
Resource Type: Document, Video

Introduce components of engineering design from the Next Generation Science Standards to K-2 students. In this lesson, students identify the engineering that impacts their daily life.

How Do You Keep Lemonade Cool?

Grade Level: K-8
Resource Type: Video

Two cast members from FETCH! take on a design challenge: Make a lemonade stand that keeps lemonade cool and is sturdy and transportable. With help from a master carpenter, the team experiments to find the best insulator for keeping the lemonade cool.

Birds: Designers, Engineers, and Builders of Nests

Grade Level: 3-5
Resource Type: Video

Explore the nest-building practices of various bird species. Using video, discussion questions, hands-on exploration, and writing assignments, students will learn how and why birds design, engineer and build their nests, and how biological and environmental factors influence nesting.

Design Squad Global Clubs

Grade Level: 4-9
Resource Type: Partnerships

Kids explore engineering through fun-packed, high-energy, hands-on activities—and they partner with a Design Squad Global club from a different country! Choose between two options (a 6-week or a 12-week program) and we’ll match you with a partner club.

Engineering for Good

Grade Level: 6-13+
Resource Type: Document, Video

This three-week, project-based learning unit focuses on developing solutions for negative impacts of plastics on the environment. Students use the engineering design process to define a problem, brainstorm solutions, develop prototypes and iterate on their designs.

The Engineering Design Process: A Taco Party

Grade Level: 6-12
Resource Type: Video

When engineers set out to solve a real-world problem, they go through an engineering design process, in much the same way you would throw an impromptu taco party. In this animated video, learn the engineering design process. This video is part of the Engineering for Good Unit.

Rise of the Robots | Engineering a Robotic Future

Grade Level: 6-12
Resource Type: Gallery/Video

Some of the biggest challenges in robotics are developing mobility, manual dexterity, and the ability to sense and understand the environment. The DARPA Robotics Challenge asked teams to design and test semi-autonomous robots that could help in disaster scenarios.

The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

Grade Level: 6-12
Resource Type: Video

This Emmy-nominated web series profiles today’s leading scientists—and shows what they’re like when the lab coats come off. Learn about the inspirations, hobbies, and career highlights of scientists from all fields and backgrounds.

Innovation and the Design Process

Grade Level: 6-12
Resource Type: Video, Interactive

Engineers use a series of steps called the design process to solve a problem. Watch teams of kids work through each of the five steps of the design process: 1) identify the problem; 2) brainstorm; 3) design; 4) build, test, evaluate, and redesign; and 5) share solutions.

Bernard Amadei: Engineers Without Borders

Grade Level: 7-13+
Resource Type: Video

Dr. Bernard Amadei, an engineer and founder of Engineers Without Borders, discusses the organization’s work with impoverished populations, including projects such as rainwater collection systems and solar cells to provide power in health clinics.

How New Inventions Help People with Injuries and Disabilities: Lesson Plan | PBS NewsHour

Grade Level: 13+
Resource Type: Document

Students will explore the invention process by learning about a new biomedical device that allows individuals who cannot speak to type sentences by simply thinking. Students will then research a medical invention or procedure and create ways to improve upon it.

NASA Physics and Engineering Collection: Engineering Design

Grade Level: 9-12
Resource Type: Multiple

This collection is designed to bring real-world applications of physics and engineering concepts into high school classrooms. The videos and interactive presentations that make up the collection are drawn from NASA’s vast collection of media resources.