1. Zenaida Aguirre Munoz
  2. Associate Professor
  4. Texas Tech University
  1. Delia Carrizales
  2. Research Associate
  4. Texas Tech University
  1. Michelle Pantoya
  2. Professor
  4. Texas Tech University

Effective Practices Integrating Engineering and Literacy in the Early Years

NSF Awards: 1249874

2015 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6

This project describes a strategy to introduce young elementary school children to engineering in a way that develops their engineering literacy and understanding. We conducted exploratory developmental research on effective approaches that integrate engineering and literacy instruction and assessed their impact on student engagement in multiple ways. We focus on our first year research and development activities which include: (a) engineering-centered STEM materials for kindergarten students (b) language enhancing instructional routines and tools for teachers with diverse students including emergent bilinguals and © engagement protocols to carry out small scale impact studies. The findings lend support to the use of engineering-centered books to improve the impact of instructional strategies that emphasize the engineering design cycle. We show how both the curricular materials and the activities can work together to increase engagement in engineering design tasks and activities in this age group.

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