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General Resources

  • Final Report of the Extraordinary Women Engineers project (EWEP) - EWEP is a national initiative to encourage girls to consider pursuing a degree and subsequent career in engineering. The project is led by a coalition of the country’s engineering associations.


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Middle School

  • MiddleWeb provides a wealth of resources for schools, districts, educators, parents and public school advocates working to raise achievement for all students in the middle grades.
  • SASS-E Girlz Lesson Plans – Telling girls about the cool things that engineers do can be very interesting, but unfortunately, it is not enough to get girls to pursue engineering as a career. We all come to our career decisions through a process of learning about ourselves, our interests, our values, the world of work, and where we see ourselves fitting into all of these things. In order to get girls exposed to and interested in engineering as a potential career path, we must first talk with them about the types of things that interest them, the subjects that they like in school, and their ideas about their future. Through activities and information, this is precisely what the SASS-E Girlz lesson plan package seeks to do!
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  • The American Society of Engineering Educators (ASEE) Engineering K12 Center gathers in one place the most effective engineering education resources available to the K-12 community.

  • ASHRAE (The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) Programs/Resources for K-12 Teachers (PDF) is a collection of classroom science projects on different topics. Most are appropriate for middle schools students.

  • A World in Motion offers highly interactive learning experiences that incorporate the laws of physics, motion, flight and electronics. The curriculum is designed around math, science and technology standards and joins together teachers, students and volunteer practicing engineers.

  • Design Squad – It's educational, uses real-life applications of math and science and meets the toughest teaching standards. Design Squad features two teams of real high school kids who use their problem-solving skills to design, construct and test engineering projects such as a machine that automatically makes pancakes or a motorized red wagon that can reach speeds up to 20 MPH. The brainchild of ZOOM producers WGBH Boston, Design Squad premiered during Engineers Week 2007.

  • Physcial Science and Engineering Design (Engineering Resources and Activities) – This booklet is the result of an educational partnership that includes the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), Kimberly-Clark and the NASA Center for Distance Learning. The activities were originally developed for use with the research-, inquiry-, and standards-based program, NASA SCI Files™. SCI Files was designed to introduce children to science and inquiry and Problem-Based Learning (PBL). Individually and collectively, these activities were selected for inclusion in this booklet because of their demonstrated ability to enhance and enrich the teaching and learning of Physical Science and Engineering Design.

  • The TeachEngineering digital library provides teacher-tested, standards-based engineering content for K-12 teachers to use in science and math classrooms. Mapped to educational content standards, engineering lessons connect real-world experiences with curricular content already taught in K-12 classrooms. TeachEngineering's comprehensive curricula are hands-on, inexpensive and relevant to children's daily lives.

High School

Mission: Define Your Future – The "Mission: Define Your Future" educational program includes detailed lessons for teachers on technology and science, reproducibles that allow students to explore math and science through word problems, a classroom poster designed to promote critical thinking, and student magazines that profile young engineers and provide resources for further research in these fields. Developed as part of a two-year collaboration between Northrop Grumman and Scholastic, the program highlights the real-world applications of science and technology from various engineering and science disciplines including space science, submarine engineering, and geolocation technology to showcase the importance of technical education and to make it more appealing to middle and high school students.

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