WGBY Intern and recent UMASS graduate, Jonathan Daly, writes:
Engineers play a key role in our society as creators, designing things that we could not do without — from the pencils that students jot down notes with to the computers that mechanical engineers use to design various products. All have gone through some form of the engineering process.
Design Squad Nation is a useful resource
available on PBS LearningMedia. It provides students in grades 3-8 with a plethora of materials and activities that teach them the basics of engineering. The “Force/Energy” section, for example, gives students a basic understanding of physics and allows them to practice them in action. If you’re interested in using DESIGN SQUAD NATION resources in your afterschool program, check out the DESIGN SQUAD NATION website.
There are plenty of other categories, ranging from technology to structural design to sounds and music. With the large demand for engineers in our society, Design Squad introduces students to these concepts as well as to the importance of engineering to our world.