ENGINEER

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10 October 2011 - 29 September 2014

ENGINEER   supported the widespread adoption in Europe of innovative methods of science teaching and the introduction of engineering in schools. In November 2014, Engineer won a Scientix Award for the category "STEM teaching materials addressed to teachers".

The project was based on the proven ―Engineering is Elementary‖ (EiE) program developed by Boston‘s Museum of Science (BMOS) since 2003-04 and now widely used in primary schools throughout the U.S.. Evaluations of EiE have found that incorporating engineering in science teaching, using inquiry-based pedagogic methods, results in highly desirable impacts on students and teachers, raising students‘ interest in science and engineering. BMOS plays an instructional and advisory role in ENGINEER.

10 engineering challenge units

ENGINEER (BrEaking New Ground IN the SciencE Education Realm) developed 10 engineering design challenge units suited to European environments using EiE‘s Engineering Design Plan model. Each unit focuses on one engineering field and uses inexpensive materials for student-led design problem-solving. ENGINEER adapts and enhances EiE teacher training materials. Project materials were tested in pilot applications and refined before use in outreach.

Teacher training throughout Europe

Science museums lead the outreach effort that targets schools, teachers and science museums. Teachers trained in using ENGINEER‘s materials incorporate the units into science teaching in their classes. Museums offer programs for student groups as well as for the general public. Training was already provided to 1,000 teachers, and trained teachers and school/museum activities will reach 27,000 students during outreach.

Advocacy

Dissemination activities increased awareness of ENGINEER and helped promote participation. An advocacy program was specifically aimed at influencing education policy makers throughout Europe. Its major goal was to promote the much more widespread future deployment of ENGINEER‘s tools after the project formally ends.

The Engineer team

ENGINEER‘s consortium involved 10 science museums and 10 schools, as well as universities and other organisations that contribute expertise to project tasks.

Bloomfield Science Museum Jerusalem, in Jerusalem, Israel, coordinated the ENGINEER project.

Tangible benefits for all science engagement professionals

Pick from 10 freely available problem-solving workshop plans. If they need convincing, show your stakeholders the beautiful advocacy brochure. 

 

The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. Grant agreement NO.288989.

Resources

Material for workshops and exhibitions

Aimed at 9-12 year old students. About flight and aeronautical engineering. Over the course of four sessions pupils discover more about the properties of materials, the forces involved in flight as well as getting the chance to build, test and evaluate their own gliders.

Developed as part of the ENGINEER project (2011-2014)

Category:
Education & learning, Topics in science
Keywords:
engineering, Workshop, aeronautics, engineer
Material for workshops and exhibitions

Aimed at 9-12 year old students. Covers properties of materials, heat transfer, insulation and working methods in science.

Developed as part of the ENGINEER project (2011-2014)

Category:
Education & learning
Keywords:
Workshop, engineering, heat transfer, insulation, materials, engineer
Material for workshops and exhibitions

Aimed at 9-11 year old students. Relates to acoustic engineering and sound.

Developed as part of the ENGINEER project (2011-2014)

Category:
Education & learning
Keywords:
engineering, Workshop, acoustics, engineer
Material for workshops and exhibitions

Aimed at families with children from the age of 8 and / or pupils in the 4-6 th grade. Covers biomedical engineering, th respiratory system, measuring volume.

Developed as part of the ENGINEER project (2011-2014)

Category:
Education & learning
Keywords:
engineering, Workshop, medicine, biomedical, engineer
Material for workshops and exhibitions

Aimed at 8-12 year olds, 45 minutes. Covers acoustics.

Developed as part of the ENGINEER project (2011-2014)

Category:
Education & learning
Keywords:
engineering, Workshop, acoustics, engineer
Material for workshops and exhibitions

Aimed at family groups with children aged 8+ or school students aged 10-12. Introduction to the field of aeronautic engineering.

Developed as part of the ENGINEER project (2011-2014)

Category:
Education & learning, Topics in science
Keywords:
engineering, Workshop, aeronautics, engineer
Material for workshops and exhibitions

Aimed at families with children aged 8+, lasts 30-60 minutes. In the field of electricity, explores concepts like electric circuits and air flow.

Developed as part of the ENGINEER project (2011-2014)

Category:
Education & learning, Topics in science
Keywords:
engineering, Workshop, electricity, engineer
Material for workshops and exhibitions

Aimed for children aged 9-12. In the field of geology, investigates soil liquefaction and resistance to earthquakes.

Developed as part of the ENGINEER project (2011-2014)

Category:
Education & learning, Topics in science
Keywords:
engineering, Workshop, geology, earthquake, engineer
Material for workshops and exhibitions

Aimed at families with children from the age of 9 to 11 years and / or pupils from 9-11 years. 60 minutes. Introduction to mechanical engineering.

Developed as part of the ENGINEER project (2011-2014)

Category:
Education & learning, Topics in science
Keywords:
engineering, Workshop, mechanics, engineer
Material for workshops and exhibitions
ENGINEER project

Amied at families with children from the age of 8. 45 Minutes. Introduction to agricultural engineering.

Developed as part of the ENGINEER project (2011-2014)

Category:
Education & learning, Topics in science
Keywords:
engineering, Workshop, agriculture, engineer