Engineering Curriculum and Value Added Projects

Wednesday Dec 7, 16
Here you will find information on how we implement our engineering curriculum

Engineering is Elementary Curriculum

Tatanka utilizes the Engineering is Elementary curriculum. Each kit offers a variety of engineering activities that scaffold on one another and offer hands on learning experiences for our students from kindergarten through fifth grade.

Please see the chart below to see what our students are learning from year to year!

Grade Level

Engineering is Elementary Unit

K

  • Now You're Cooking: Designing Solar Ovens

1

  • Catching the Wind: Designing Windmills
  • The Best of Bugs: Designing Hand Pollinators
  • A Sticky Situation: Designing Walls

2

  • Thinking Inside the Box: Designing Plant Packages
  • A Work in Process: Improving a Play Dough Process

3

  • Lighten Up: Designing Lighting Systems
  • To Get to the Other Side: Designing Bridges

4

  • Sounds Like Fun: Seeing Animal Sounds
  • An Alarming Idea: Designing Alarm Circuits

5

  • Water, Water Everywhere: Designing Water Filters
  • Marvelous Machines: Making Work Easier
  • A Slick Situation: Cleaning an Oil Spill

 

Tatanka Value Added Projects

Our Value Added Projects Tie to Standards and 21st Century Skills

By engaging in value added projects students will:

  • Develop the 21st Century Skills of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity (also known as "The 4 C's)

  • Use information, media, and technology skills as a means of investigating a topic and communicating new understandings

  • Explore authentic community or real-world related topics through interdisciplinary integration

  • Develop proficiency in Minnesota State Academic standards and International Society for Technology in Education standards (also known as the ISTE standards)

*Please see the table for grade level specific value added projects currently in place at Tatanka Elementary.

Grade

Value Added Projects

Kindergarten

  • Engineer of the Week take home bags (STEM-Ville)

  • STEM Institute Engineering Projects with 4th and 5th grade classrooms

  • Engineering for capacity and to move a 3-D shape

  • 10,000 Lakes Project

  • Code.org offline and online lessons

1st Grade

  • Engineer of the Week take home bags (Fairy Tales)

  • Engineering cup towers

  • 10,ooo Lakes Project

  • Code.org offline and online lessons

2nd Grade

  • Engineer of the Week take home bags (Types of Engineers)

  • Weekly Technology Rotation

  • 10,000 Lakes Project


3rd grade

  • Engineering marble mazes

  • Weekly Technology Rotation

  • 10,000 Lakes Project

4th Grade

  • Engineers of color and women in engineering research project

  • 10,000 Lakes Project

  • Sketchup Design Lessons

5th grade

  • Engineering marble runs

  • 10,000 Lakes Project

  • Sketchup Design Lessons

  • Egg Drop