My students need the Designing Parachutes Materials Kit & Teacher Guide so they can take on an engineering challenge that integrates their learning of the solar system and planet Earth with the Engineering Design Process.
I teach at a Title I, performance improvement school with the majority of our students participating in the free lunch program. Many parents rely on a single income and some even work two jobs and still struggle to support their family. For many of my students, school is where they have access to books, supplies, and other resources that support their academic achievements.
My students are currently learning about the solar system and our planet Earth; they love to engineer so I need resources that will help them apply their knowledge while drawing from their creativity and inspiring them to reach for the stars.
My students are beginning their studies and work on the solar system and the planet Earth as part of our earth science unit. They love to engineer and are asking what will be the engineer design challenge for this unit of learning. EiE is a research-based engineering program that is designed to make learning and activities accessible to a diverse student population--girls, English learners, and special needs students. In addition, their engineering kits integrate science and engineering with language arts, math and history, which is more like real world problem solving and engineering.
If I want to inspire my students to become engineers, then I need to give them opportunities to think and act like engineers!
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