Early Childhood Engineering: Supporting Engineering Design Practices with Young Children and Their Families

Date: 
Monday, March 30, 2020
Resource Type:
Conference Proceedings | Reference Materials
Environment Type: 
Public Programs, Museum and Science Center Programs, Informal/Formal Connections, K-12 Programs, Pre-K/Early Childhood Programs
Audience: 
Elementary School Children (6-10) | Pre-K Children (0-5) | Parents/Caregivers | Educators/Teachers | Museum/ISE Professionals | Learning Researchers
Discipline: 
Engineering
Organization:
TERC, Purdue University, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, University of Notre Dame, Tufts University, Museum of Science, Boston
Description: 

Engineering is a critical yet understudied topic in early childhood. Previous research has shown that even young children can engage in (versions of) engineering design practices and processes that are similar to those of adult engineers and designers. In this session, we will share and discuss current research projects to explore how different in-school and out-of-school contexts and activities support 3- to 8-year-old children as they engage in engineering design. We will consider ways that the different characteristics of the activities and spaces, as well as the practices of teachers, facilitators, and parents, make space for and encourage engineering design thinking.

Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
STEM+C
Award Number: 
1543175
Funder(s): 
NSF
Funding Program: 
AISL
Award Number: 
1515628
Funder(s): 
Private Foundation
Funding Program: 
Spencer Foundation
Award Number: 
201900059
Publication Name: 
NARST 2020

Team Members

Hoda EhsanHoda EhsanAuthor
Merredith PortsmoreMerredith PortsmoreAuthor
Elissa MiltoElissa MiltoAuthor
Chris San Antonio-TunisChris San Antonio-TunisAuthor
M. Terri SangerM. Terri SangerAuthor

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