Reviewed by Janet Acerra
5th grade teacher and College Adjunct Instructor
Looking for a resource to help you kick–off STEM activities in your classroom? Hands–On Engineering is the book for you! Containing more than 25 activities to use in helping your students to learn to build and connect science content to science in the natural world around them, this book is a great resource for teachers of upper elementary and middle school grades.
Each lesson provides everything the teacher needs: a detailed and easy to find materials list, a purpose and objectives, vocabulary with background information, clear and precise directions, and notebook pages that are easy for students to follow! In addition, resources for extending the lessons are up–to–date and interactive. The activities in the book are adjustable to each grade level and follow a design process that helps teach students how to think through and solve real–world problems. Most of all, students are encouraged to model themselves after real scientists through a well thought out and directed collaboration process.
The activities in the book address standards and are a perfect fit for helping students to connect science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in a way that is fun and inviting. As a classroom resource, this book can help teachers can bring out the "inner engineers" in their students!
Review posted on 9/13/2012