Engineering Adventures Adds New Resources for Afterschool Educators

Convenient "Materials Kits" make lesson prep quick and easy


Thursday, August 13, 2015

It’s easier than ever to add Engineering Adventures, the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) out-of-school time curriculum for grades 3–5, to your afterschool program. Convenient and cost-effective Materials Kits are now available for all seven Engineering Adventures (EA) units. Each kit includes enough supplies for up 24 kids.

The newest addition to the collection of Materials Kits is for the unit “The Sky’s the Limit: Engineering Flying Technologies.” It includes a collection of hands-on activities that engage kids in designing, testing, and improving their own flying technologies, including “drop copters” and flying disks, as they learn about aeronautical engineering.

Just like EiE's flagship classroom curriculum, all the Engineering Adventures units call for inexpensive materials that educators may already have on hand, like rulers, scissors, index cards, and construction paper. But the kits make lesson prep much more convenient: just open a box and you have everything you need at your fingertips, ready to go. 

To learn more about the materials kits for “The Sky’s the Limit," and for all seven EA units, use the links provided here to navigate to the home page for each unit.

The Sky’s the Limit: Engineering Flying Technologies
Liftoff: Engineering Rockets and Rovers
Bubble Bonanza: Engineering Bubble Wands
To the Rescue: Engineering Aid Drop Packages
Shake Things Up: Engineering Earthquake-Resistant Buildings
Go Green: Engineering Recycled Racers
Hop to It: Safe Removal of Invasive Species

From each home page, scroll down and click on “Download Materials List” for details on exactly what comes in each kit. Each list has separate sections for reusable and consumable materials.

Scroll down a bit more to see a variety of free resources that supplement the Educator Guide, including an interactive iPhone app and an Educator Resources List with links to articles, books, videos, and interactive websites that support the theme of the unit.

Check our FAQs page for more information, or send a note to We'll be happy to answer your questions and start you on the road to Engineering Adventures.

Engineering is Elementary is a project of the National Center for Technological Literacy® at the Museum of Science, Boston.


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