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Engineering Classroom Resources

This collection of lessons and web resources is aimed at classroom teachers, their students, and students' families. Most of these resources come from the National Science Digital Library (NSDL). NSDL is the National Science Foundation's online library of resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. See

Teachers Domain: Engineering
Resource: Educator (grades K-12)
This Web site offers interesting and well organized information on Engineering. Short clips and lesson plans are provided to target grades K-12.

Resource: Educator (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.

National Center for Technological Literacy
Resource: Educator (grades K-12)
The National Center for Technological Literacy's (NCTL) is led by the Museum of Science, Boston, MA and it's goal is to integrate engineering as a new discipline in schools nationwide, and to inspire the next generation of engineers and innovators. A vast amount of information for educators on workshops, professional development, curricula for grades K-12, and access to the Museum's Lyman Library are provided to enhance knowledge of engineering and technology for people of all ages and to help build the workforce of the 21st century.

Resource: Educator (grades 4-12), Students (middle and high school)
The website TryEngineering informs students (ages 8 to 18), teachers, school counselors and parents about what engineering is and what engineers do. This portal is about engineering and engineering careers, and how an engineering career can be made part of anyone's future. The site contains information about the field, provides listings of student opportunities, contains a university finder, and has lesson plans and fun games to play to experience specific careers.

Great Engineering Achievements
Resource: General Audience
Based on the book A Century of Innovation, 20 of the 20th century's greatest engineering achievements are discussed emphasizing how engineering shaped a century and changed the world. Each engineering achievement topic area includes a historical timeline and a description of the progress. A great site to engage young minds to consider pursuing a career in engineering.

Engineer Girl
Resource: Teenage Girls and Parents
Designed by the National Academy of Engineering, this Web site celebrates women in engineering and offers information and resources to parents, teachers and mentors. This fun and informative site guides and prepares young women in the field of engineering.

A Sightseer's Guide to Engineering
Resource: General Audience
The National Society of Professional Engineers are responsible for this interactive Web site featuring engineering milestones in each state. Click a state on the map and find notable engineering marvels to explore and learn on your next road trip. A great source of educational things to do and find for all ages.

The ASEE Engineering K12 Center
Resource: Educator, Students (middle and high school) and Parents
Developed by the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), the site provides resources for grade school students, parents and teachers that promote the engineering discipline, assists students in finding affordable colleges, and provides effective education resources for the K-12 community.

USGS Earthquake Hazards Program
Resource: Educator and Students (elementary and middle school)
For grades K-12, the United States Geological Survey Web site contains information about past, present and future earthquake activity, as well as educational activities about earthquakes. The interactive map allows users to monitor where, when, and what size earthquakes are active.

Robotics Education Project
Resource: Educator (elementary and middle school)
NASA's Robotics Education Project is intended to raise children's interest in robotics and promote it as a possible career choice. The Web site highlights many applications of robots, such as space exploration, medicine and mechanical automation. Content is provided for grades K-12.

The Tech: Museum of Innovation
Resource: Educator (elementary and middle school)
The Tech Museum in California focuses on inspiring the innovator in everyone. The museum provides online education resources to help educators in elementary and middle school. There are exciting lesson plans and challenging tech projects.

Engineering Research Overview
Resource: All Audiences
Engineers bridge the gap between what the mind can imagine and what the laws of nature will allow. This page on the NSF Web site answers the "big" questions posed to engineers through research.

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