By: Andrea Dillon
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Today we are going to look at Engineering projects, the third part of STEM. These projects may sound strange at first to families that have only really focused on science projects in the past. However, these are the most common STEM projects you will see across education sites and Pinterest. Get you homeschooler started on their STEM engineering project with the ideas and resources below.
What is a STEM engineering project for kids?
An engineering project involves physically creating something to solve a problem. This is accomplished through the engineering process.
What is the engineering process?
For the Online Homeschool STEM Fair, if you want to do an engineering project please follow the engineering process.
What are some cool engineering projects for kids?
Ready to start planning your engineering project? Need some ideas?
The best ones are always ones that help you fix a problem you have. Start brainstorming ideas.
Here are a few examples:
- How can I keep my juice box from getting warm in my bag?
- What can I do to help my mom clean the top of the cabinets easier?
- How can I keep my cat off of my desk?
- What can I do to keep the deer from eating my sister’s garden?
Need more STEM engineering project ideas?
STEM engineering activities are a great way to tap into your child’s creativity. While at first, they can sound like a lot of work,it doesn’t have to be! Encourage your child to create and explore with an engineering makerspace and other engineering activities for kids.
We also have a free makerspace start list for you too!
Other Resources We Love
These are not our resources so clicking the links below will take you offsite, however, they are full of great STEM engineering project instruction and ideas.
- Did you know that engineering is involved in how our food is grown? Explore STEM engineering projects on different agricultural topics from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
- Looking for grade-level engineering projects for kids? Education.com has you covered with project ideas for all grade levels.
- Want to start off with some easy engineering projects for kids? Instructables has a great selection of hands-on STEM engineering activities.
- Explore different engineering projects for kids with these specific ideas from Science Buddies. Find civil engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, and more.
- Get help with investigation ideas, engineering steps, and your presentation from The Home Depot and Discovery Education. Great place to start thinking of driving questions.
STEM Engineering Activities For Kids Books
Books are always a great place to start with learning. Check our book recommendations below to learn more about engineering and STEM engineering activities.
Awesome Engineering Activities for Kids by Christina Schul
“Make engineering for kids easy and enjoyable with projects that use common, inexpensive household materials so they can play and learn anytime. From toothpick towers and marble runs to egg drops and water rockets, the activities in this book about engineering for kids will challenge and delight.”
How to Be An Engineer by Carol Vorderman
“Teach kids to think like an engineer! The engaging projects in this book will encourage kids to investigate using items from around the house. Build a robot arm out of rulers; learn about jet propulsion with balloons; crush toilet-paper rolls to explore materials; and much more.”
Look I’m an Engineer by DK
“Every project features bright photography and charming illustrations, which support the easy-to-follow instructions. Perfect for ages 3-6, this children’s book will excite little ones by revealing the everyday ways they can be an engineer.”
Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering by Donna Latham
“People have tackled seemingly insurmountable obstacles, including vast canyons and mountain ranges, to design and construct these amazing passageways. Bridges and Tunnels: Investigate Feats of Engineering invites children ages 9 and up to explore the innovation and physical science behind structures our world depends on.”
Is your homeschooler ready to start their STEM fair engineering project?
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