Engineering Everywhere - Frequently Asked Questions

What is Engineering Everywhere?

Engineering Everywhere is a free out-of-school-time (OST) engineering curriculum for middle school (6th–8th grade) students. Each curriculum unit provides structured activities that challenge children to engineer solutions for real-world problems.

How is Engineering Everywhere different from the Engineering is Elementary curriculum?

Engineering is Elementary is designed for use in classroom settings, whereas Engineering Everywhere is specifically designed for out-of-school-time settings, including afterschool programs, extended day programs, and summer camps. Kids and educators don’t need any particular background knowledge of science or engineering to use Engineering Everywhere. All of our activities are designed to help children develop engineering skills, understand engineering practices, and develop positive attitudes about their ability to engineer.

What resources do I need to use Engineering Everywhere in my program?

You’ll need an educator guide and a materials kit. Each educator guide contains detailed instructions for setting up and leading a curriculum unit. The guides also include supporting documents such as reproducible worksheets and engineering notebooks that children can use to record their work. Materials kits are made up of everything children will need for their engineering activities.

You can also access free online resources, including short videos that provide background information and a poster showing the engineering design process.

Sounds great! How do I get everything?

EE educator guides are available as FREE downloads. (If you have trouble opening the PDF documents, make sure you’re using the current version of Adobe Reader.)

You can gather the supplies for your materials kit yourself. We’ve designed each EE activity so most of the materials you need are inexpensive and easy to find at local stores. Check your educator guide for a complete list of the materials you’ll need for the unit, or download your materials list from the EE website

Educator guides and materials kits are also available for purchase at the EiE Store.

How much time do I need for an Engineering Everywhere unit?

Each EE unit consists of seven to eight activities, and each one takes about between 45 and 60 minutes. (You may want to plan on adding an additional 15 minutes to account for setup, cleanup, transitions, and time for your students to improve their designs “one last time!”)

How do I choose the right Engineering Everywhere unit for my group?

EE units are written to be relevant to middle-school-aged students of all backgrounds and abilities. However, you know your kids best. Take a look at the engineering fields and geographic locations in each unit to find a connection to the interests and experiences of the youth in your program.

Do Engineering Everywhere units build on one another?

No. You can use EE units in any order—they don’t follow a particular sequence. You can also use any number of EE units. Many educators use one to three units per year.

Can I use Engineering Everywhere with kids outside of the target age range?

We have found that EE works best with kids in 6th–8th grade.  But we know that student populations in OST programs are rarely that uniform. Many EE educators have successfully adjusted activities to make them simpler for younger kids or more challenging for older kids.

If your program serves elementary-school students, check out our other free OST curriculum, Engineering Adventures!

Do you offer professional development?

We plan to offer professional development resources for middle-school OST educators sometime in the future. At this time, we offer professional development workshops for elementary-school OST educators at our offices in Boston, MA. You can also request an Engineering Adventures workshop at your location. Or download a free Engineering Adventures professional development guide and lead your own workshop.

Do you have any data to show that Engineering Everywhere works?

Yes. Check our website for a summary of key research results.

Are Engineering Everywhere units mapped to standards?

Yes. But please note that EE units are not designed to “cover” or teach standards. The goal of each EE unit is to help kids develop their engineering skills. In doing this, many units link to science or engineering content standards. Check your educator guide for the standards linked to that EE unit, including ITEEA Standards for Technological Literacy, National Science Education Standards, and the Next Generation Science Standards*.

 

*"Next Generation Science Standards” is a registered trademark of Achieve. Neither Achieve nor the lead states and partners that developed the Next Generation Science Standards was involved in the production of, and does not endorse, this product.”

How can I get involved?

We invite you to join the hundreds of teachers, educators, and researchers who have helped us pilot test new curriculum units. Sign up for our newsletter and opt into being contacted for pilot opportunites. We will email you when we open the application process.

My question isn't here! What should I do?

Call 617-589-0230 or send an email to engineeringeverywhere@mos.org and we will be happy to help.