Updated September 2014

PBS LearningMedia: Teaching NGSS Engineering Design Through Media

Videos, lessons, essays, PD help bring engineering practices to kids

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PBS LearningMedia’s NGSS and Engineering collection is a compilation of 36 lessons and several professional development segments that infuse engineering practices into the classroom. Content is sorted by age, and teachers are supported through teacher tips and background essays. Videos are streaming (some are downloadable), and many have related handouts -- kids are bound to love these, as well as the design challenges.

Start with the PD videos -- these can be an introduction (or review) to engineering as a process and engineers as creative problem-solvers. Lean on clear lesson tips and handouts in the Engineering is Elementary activities to educate younger students. At the same time, you'll be able to create excitement through activities like building towers to support stuffed animals. If you teach upper-elementary or middle school kids, help your students make meaningful connections between space science and engineering. Use the Design Squad Nation video segments and the lesson plans grounded in the NASA explorations. Students create and test magnetic field detectors and core samplers! Biology and anatomy classrooms can extend into fields of prosthetics and robotics. Standout resources include Modeling Truss Structures, Designing Parachutes, and Tissue Engineering.

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Great platform for providing individualized instruction across all content areas

Overall, I feel that eMediaVA is a wonderful tool that can be utilized in the classroom for delivering and measuring growth and understanding of key concepts and skills. I like the fact that I can assign activities and my students can complete activities individually or in small group settings. I also liked the fact that this platform provides students with a variety of ways to learn and grasp concepts that might be difficult to understand. The option to assess my students on the materials that are assigned will allow me to pinpoint areas for concern and mastery. This valuable information will allow me to provide further remediation or more challenging material to meet the needs of each individual student.

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