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Engineering Classroom Resources

Engineering is behind many of the great achievements of the 20th century and makes future prosperity and wellbeing possible. This collection of lessons, activities, and web resources aims to help educators, students, and students' families learn more about engineering.

Resource: Educators, Parents, Students (grades K-8)
The website BrainPOP provides students, teachers and parents with engaging animated videos, quizzes, and other activities to complement engineering curricula.

Resource: Parents, Volunteers
DiscoverE offers a growing number of hands-on activities, videos, and other resources that volunteers, parents, and students can use to explore engineering. The site also introduces national engineering outreach programs.

eGFI - Engineering Go For It
Resource: Educators, Parents, Students (grades K-12)
The eGFI website offers information about engineering careers and how to pursue them, including profiles of engineering students and professionals. Teachers also can find lesson plans, hands-on activities, and professional development opportunities.

Resource: Parents, Students (grades 6-9)
Designed by the National Academy of Engineering, this fun and informative site celebrates women in engineering and allows girls to explore what engineers do. It also offers resources to parents, teachers and mentors.

Engineering is Elementary
Resource: Educators (grades K-5)
A research-based, standards-driven, and classroom-tested curriculum that integrates engineering and technology concepts and skills with elementary science topics.

Resource: Parents, Students (grades 8-12), Volunteers
FabFems provides access to women role models from a range of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professions. The web portal provides an interface for role models to register and a searchable database for individuals looking for a female STEM role model.

Resource: Educators (grades preK-12)
Designed by the National Academy of Engineering, this site provides information and videos on engineering and the engineering design process along with connections to an on-line community.

National Informal STEM Education Network
Resource: Educators, Parents, Volunteers (grades K-12)
The NISE Net website provides information about camps, exhibits, and public events about nanotechnology, as well as lesson plans, activity kits and professional development opportunities.

National Center for Technological Literacy
Resource: Educators (grades K-12)
The National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL) is led by the Museum of Science, Boston. The site provides a vast amount of information for educators on workshops, professional development, curricula for grades K-12, and access to the Museum's Lyman Library.

NBC Learn
Resource: Educators (grades 4-12)
NBC Learn offers free short videos and companion lesson plans and classroom activities. Concepts in science and engineering are connected to topics kids care about, ranging from sports to sustainability to the latest in high tech.

PBS Learning Media: Engineering & Technology
Resource: Educators (grades preK-13+)
This website offers short clips and lesson plans on engineering by grade level and by state and national standards. The collections include materials for Cyberchase, Design Squad, DragonflyTV, Fetch! With Ruff Ruffman and other award-winning series.

Robotics Alliance Project
Resource: Educators (grades K-12)
NASA's Robotics Alliance Project is intended to raise children's interest in robotics and promote it as a possible career choice. The website highlights many applications of robots, such as space exploration, medicine and mechanical automation.

Resource: Educators (grades K-12)
Engineers have a hand in designing, creating or modifying nearly everything around us. Find out more in this growing collection of 750+ free, teacher-tested, standards-based K-12 lessons and activities that engage students and enhance science and math learning through the use of hands-on engineering.

Resource: Educators, Students (grades 4-12)
The website TryEngineering informs students, teachers, school counselors and parents about what engineering is and what engineers do. The site contains information and games about the field, provides listings of student programs and opportunities, contains a university finder, and has lesson plans aligned to standards.

Resource: Parents, Teachers and Students (grades 4-12)
This US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) site provides an introduction to the innovation process via activities, videos and other resources.