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The Impact of Engineering Design on Elementary Teacher and Student Learning


The Next Generation of Science Standards (NGSS Lead States, 2013) require teachers to integrate both science and engineering practices. At the heart of engineering practices is the engineering design process - a signature approach to solving ill-structured, authentic problems situated within specific constraints and criteria. Since 2012, teachers across the nation have started to transition from teaching science through inquiry to teaching science using engineering design. Consequently, there is a need to identify effective instructional approaches using design as well as measures to examine the impact these approaches have on student learning. In this webinar, we will present two unique approaches to implementing engineering design in the grades 3-8 science classroom and further explicate the impact these models have on both teacher and student learning. Participants will be introduced to two complementary models of engineering design; explore effective approaches to engineering design-based science teacher professional development; learn about discourse tools to employ while teaching science through design; and gain access to cross-disciplinary resources strategically designed to improve student learning.