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A New NSTA Book Shows How Students Can Take on Engineering Design Challenges Inspired by a Broad Range of Literature

ARLINGTON, Va.—April 6, 2020—A new resource from NSTA Press® shows how students can use novels, biographies, histories, and even picture books to identify a problem that they then solve using an engineering design process. Novel Engineering, K–8: An Integrated Approach to Engineering and Literacy introduces students to an innovative curriculum. It also supports teachers as they use the approach in their own elementary or middle school classrooms.

Novel Engineering coverThe book offers both clear conceptual background and practical advice on how the integrated approach works. To show how teachers can use it in real-life settings, the book also provides five case studies featuring a broad range of fiction and nonfiction texts. One case describes a class in which students help the shipwrecked Swiss Family Robinson build a shelter to keep them cool under the hot sun. Another tells of students who design a hearing aid for the main character in the novel El Deafo—and then style it as a fashion accessory.

Novel Engineering doesn’t suggest that teachers buy a specific building materials kit or adopt books outside their existing English language arts or social studies curriculum. Teachers just need to buy into the idea that literacy and engineering can support each other in the classroom.

Browse sample pages of this title for free at the NSTA Science Store website.

For additional information or to purchase a copy of Novel Engineering, K–8: An Integrated Approach to Engineering and Literacy and other books from NSTA Press, visit the NSTA Science Store. To order by phone, call 800-277-5300 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET weekdays. The 318-page book is priced at $44.05 and discount-priced for NSTA members at $35.24. (Stock # PB449X; ISBN #978-1-68140-642-8)

About NSTA

he Arlington, VA-based National Science Teaching Association is the largest professional organization in the world promoting excellence in science teaching and learning, preschool through college. NSTA's membership includes approximately 50,000 science teachers, science supervisors, administrators, scientists, business representatives, and others involved in science education.

NSTA Press® produces 25 to 30 new books and e-books each year. Focused on the preK–college market and specifically aimed at teachers of science, NSTA Press titles offer a unique blend of accurate scientific content and sound teaching strategies. Follow NSTA Press on Facebook for the latest information and new book releases.


Kate Falk, NSTA
(703) 312-9211

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