Carol Anderson

Carol Anderson
Carol Anderson has been involved in STEM/STEAM education for almost a decade. Carol loves the connection she sees students make when they are immersed in the “doing” of STEAM activities. Her passion is to encourage other educators to utilize the natural curiosity students have to help them learn about the world around them. Carol is originally from Buffalo, NY and is an avid Buffalo Bills fan. She now lives in San Diego, CA with her husband, 2 dogs, 2 cats, and a duck. She has 3 grown children who she loves hiking, camping, and going to the beach with whenever their schedules allow.

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Suddenly homeschooling? How to use the Design & Engineering Process in STEM activities with your kids

Good news: Kids are already using the Design & Engineering Process

That means your job is to simply help your kids understand what they're already doing naturally. Take a look at a few real-world examples of the Design & Engineering Process that kids are already involved in, and notice what these things all have in common.

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How to use the Engineering & Design Cycle in STEM activities for kids

“The Engineering and Design Cycle? NGSS?? First Common Core, and now this new stuff. I can barely cover all the things I need to as it is, how am I supposed to fit in another thing? And Engineering?!? I can’t teach that, I wouldn’t even know where to begin!....”

If you’re like me, you might sometimes feel a sense of overwhelm as you’re asked to do more and more in the classroom, often with less resources. But I have great news: NGSS (short for Next Generation Science Standards) may be a new abbreviation to learn, but the Engineering and Design Cycle (also known as the Engineering and Design Process) is actually something most of you are already doing in your classroom. Rather than seeing it as a list of things you have to accomplish, NGSS can be reframed as a unique way to build classroom culture that embraces STEM education. It’s a way to teach students to work together, challenge themselves, take risks, and learn from their mistakes.

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