WHY ENGINEERING FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL/MIDDLE SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN?
• Engineering projects reinforce topics children are learning in school. Engaging students in hands-on, real-world engineering experiences can enliven math, science, and other content areas.
• Engineering fosters problem-solving skills, including problem formulation, creativity, planning, and testing of alternative solutions.
• Children are fascinated with building and taking things apart to see how they work. By encouraging these explorations, we can keep these interests alive. Describing their activities as “engineering” when children are engaged in the natural design process can help them develop positive associations with engineering, and increase their desire to pursue such activities in the future.
• Engineering and technological literacy are necessary for the 21st century. As our society increasingly depends on engineering and technology, our citizens need to understand these fields.