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The Go-To Guide for Engineering Curricula, Grades 6-8

Choosing and Using the Best Instructional Materials for Your Students

Discover time-tested middle school-level engineering curricula that meets new requirements—with in-depth commentaries, illustrative examples, learning goals, and details on how each curriculum addresses the NGSS.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781483307374
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Year: 2014
  • Page Count: 248
  • Publication date: November 25, 2014

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How to engineer change in your middle school science classroom

With the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards, your students won’t just be scientists—they’ll be engineers. But that doesn’t mean you need to reinvent the wheel. Respected science educator Cary Sneider has done the groundwork for you, collecting a full range of time-tested curriculum materials to seamlessly weave engineering and technology concepts into your math and science lessons.

In this volume, you’ll find descriptions of instructional materials specifically created for—and tested in—middle school science classrooms. Features include

  • A handy table that takes you straight to the chapters most relevant to your needs
  • In-depth commentaries and illustrative examples that demystify engineering curricula at the middle school level
  • A vivid picture of what each curriculum looks like in the classroom, the learning goals it accomplishes, and how it helps address the NGSS
  • More information on the integration of engineering and technology into 21st-century science classrooms—and why it will make a difference

One of the most well-respected science educators in the country, Cary Sneider was an NGSS Writing Team Leader and is an associate research professor at Portland State University.

"This publication uses hands-on explorations that impact students by getting them to think like an engineer. It's also great for exploring the engineering world through experiences using science and engineering, and for the actual doing of science and engineering using the design process."
—Kendall Starkweather, Executive Director
International Technology Education Association

"This book will help you engage your students in grade-level engineering activities. All you need to do is pick it up and get ready to implement it in your classroom."

—Jo Ann Vasquez, Vice President
Educational Practice for Helios Education Foundation

Key features

  • Assembles under one cover a collection of in-depth commentaries and illustrative examples that demystify and bring to life the quality existing 6-8 Engineering curricula that meet the NGSS Grade Standards for middle school education
  • Provides a complete description of the program written by the currriculum PI that describes what their curriculum looks like in the classroom, what learning goals it is intended to accomplish, and how it will help teachers address the Next Generation Science Standards.
  • Each chapter describes one set of instructional materials, usually modules for the middle school
  • Author Cary Sneider is one of the most respected Science educators in the field and is well known for his ground breaking work in this area.


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Cary I. Sneider

Cary Sneider is Associate Research Professor in the Center for Science Education at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches research methodology to teachers in a Master’s degree program. In recent years he served the National Research Council as design lead for technology and engineering to help develop A Framework for K-12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, which has provided the blueprint for Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). He then played a similar role on the writing team to produce the NGSS, which was released in April, 2013. The recognition that teachers would need access to instructional materials to help them meet the new standards led Cary to develop the current volume, Engineering Curricula Ready to Go!

Cary was not always interested in engineering—or at least he didn’t know that he was. For as long as he can remember he was interested in astronomy. He read all he could find about it, and when he was in middle school his father bought him a small telescope. In high school Cary built his own telescopes, grinding mirrors and designing and building mountings. All this time he thought he was doing science. Today, he recognizes that like many scientists, he especially enjoyed the engineering part of the work.

During his junior year at college Cary had an opportunity to teach at an Upward Bound program, and found that he enjoyed teaching even more than research in astronomy. In subsequent years he taught science in Maine, Costa Rica, Coalinga California, and the Federated States of Micronesia. He returned to college, this time to obtain a teaching credential and eventually a PhD degree in science education from the University of California at Berkeley. He spent nearly thirty years in Berkeley, developing instructional materials and running teacher institutes at the Lawrence Hall of Science. He spent another decade as Vice President at the Museum of Science in Boston, where he developed a high school curriculum called Engineering the Future, and finally moved to Portland, Oregon, to be closer to children and grandchildren.

Over his career Cary directed more than 20 federal, state, and foundation grant projects, mostly involving curriculum development and teacher education. His R&D interests have focused on helping students and museum visitors unravel their misconceptions in science, on new ways to link science centers and schools to promote student inquiry, and on integrating engineering and technology education into the K-12 curriculum. In 1997 he received the Distinguished Informal Science Education award from NSTA and in 2003 was named National Associate of the National Academy of Sciences for his service on several National Research Council committees.
Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Technology and Engineering in Middle School Standards


1. Design Squad: Inspiring a New Generation of Engineers

2. Models in Technology and Science

3. Everyday Engineering: Putting the E in STEM Teaching and Learning

4. SLIDER: Science Learning Integrating Design, Engineering, and Robotics

5. Teaching Engineering Made Easy

6. Fender Bender Physics

7. Technology in Practice: Applications and Innovations

8. Engineering in IQWST

9. Project-Based Inquiry Science

10. Engineering Design in SEPUP's Middle School Issue-Oriented Science Program

11. Techbridge: Engaging Girls in STEM in Out-of-School Time

12. WaterBotics: Underwater Robots Built With LEGO Materials

13. Engineering Now

14. Engineering by Design: An Integrative STEM Approach to Middle School



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