EiE Video Snippets: Engineering Habits of Mind

Children who develop engineering habits of mind . . .

apply science knowledge to problem solving.

Young engineers draw on what they already know about science to inform what they see. They conduct scientific experiments to learn more.

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What makes the best mortar for a wall? Students reflect on their testing of some materials and their properties.  

Predicting, testing, observing, and comparing: elementary engineering is closely connected to inquiry-based science.

What do you know about pollen? What are some properties of pollen? What does it do?

When you design a parachute, consider the size of the space it will be packed into and how slowly it must fall after it opens.

You need to know a lot about magnets to design a model magnetic-levitation transportation system (also known as a maglev train).

A device that picks up pollen and transfers it to another flower must have certain properties—what are they?

It’s important to consider the properties of magnets when you’re building a model maglev train.

When you’re trying to make good play dough, you need to consider the properties of flour and water.

A member of a student group explains how to remember the function of a thermal insulator.

Young students discover their love of science as they work on the Create step of the EDP.