Workshop: Engineering is Elementary

Explore the Engineering Design Process and participate in hands-on inquiry activities. Design and build your own solution to a real-world problem. Units include: Designing Bridges, Designing Alarm Circuits, Designing Windmills, and more.

Major Concepts To Be Explored:

  • What is the Engineering Design Process?
  • What different jobs or careers are done by engineers?
  • How can the Engineering Design Process be used to solve real world problems?

Essential Standards:

Varies by unit

Goals of the Workshop:

To introduce students to the Engineering Design Process and how it can be used to solve real world problems.

Workshop Objectives:

Students will be able to:

  • Understand the Engineering Design Process
  • Understand the work of different types of engineers
  • Use the Engineering Design Process to solve a problem

Methods and Activities:

  • Students will learn the definitions of engineering and technology through hands-on exploration
  • Students will read a story about a student who has to solve a problem
  • Students will explore the steps of the Engineering Design Process
  • Students will learn about the type of engineering that is modeled in the story through an applicable hands-on activity
  • Students will use the Engineering Design Process to plan, design, and create a solution to a similar problem that is in the story
  • Students will use the “improve” step in the Engineering Design Process to make pertinent changes to their solution

Key Vocabulary:

Engineering, Technology, Engineering Design Process

Set-up Needs:

  • Teaching/presentation space must be accessible via wheeled cart.
  • Large room with tables for students to work in small groups (approx. 2-4 students/group). 
  • Access to water.
  • Access to electricity.
  • Approximate set-up time is 30 min.
  • Approximate clean-up time is 30 min.
  • Secure storage location for materials if left overnight.

Call to Book

704.372.6261 x300
  • Grades K - 5
  • Duration: 6 one-hour sessions
  • Call for Pricing
  • Maximum 25 students