At STEM Village, we love finding the best STEM education resources available and sharing them in our Science, Math, Technology, and Discovery units. Engineering education intersects so many wonderful STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) topics – from physics, to robotics, to biology and chemistry, and even software design! Engineering also teaches students to think deeply, make connections, and become the future problem-solvers we need to develop in our future generations – you can read more about the engineering gap in this great article by The Guardian! We love the possibilities engineering education can bring to the classroom and the home. When you introduce engineering to your children, it should emphasize the fun in solving problems, so we created a list of 6 engineering education resources we love on the STEM Village App – and they are all games:
- EdHeads has a wide variety of games that let your student jump into the life of an engineer! One of our favourites is Design a Cell Phone where you’re asked to design a cell phone for the elderly. Your student will learn about the Engineering Design Process and then go through each step as they design a cell phone based on the needs of their potential user. They even give feedback so the student can iterate on their idea to improve their cell phone! There are also great games that will teach your students about Simple and Compound Machines where your student can tinker with different instruments and build a contraption that solves a particular problem. Finally, the site is filled with games that allow your student to step into an engineering career – including robotics and manufacturing! All-in-all we love Edheads! Unfortunately this site is no longer free and you must purchase a membership before using the games. This link will not direct you toward the game, only the main page.
- Try Engineering is a site all about engineering and engineering careers – they have A LOT of great resources for students, parents and educators to explore! Their games section will definitely have something that will inspire any student to dive deeper into engineering and investigate all the possibilities it opens up. Questioneering is a great game for students to test their knowledge on engineering topics so they can discover how their knowledge matches with their particular interests. Students can engage with robotics and prosthetics while they design and test a bionic arm, or even explore multiple games involving space exploration technology!
- Wonderville is filled with amazing STEM resources, and they have plenty of resources that engage students with engineering topics. They don’t only have games, they also have some amazing experiment ideas, videos, and lesson plans for teachers! They currently have 70+ games to explore, however some of our favourites include Airborne Experiment, in which students investigate flight by designing and testing a flying contraption. Build a Tipi and You Bet Your Hide are unique in comparison to other STEM games. They investigate properties of materials, chemical reactions and forces, while also touching on traditional aboriginal practices as well. Crash Test: Power Shootout also dives into material sciences where students test hockey sticks made from different materials and construct the strongest, and most efficient hockey stick – it’s a great game for sports fans! Finally, they include many games that touch on environmental engineering and simple machines.
- National Geographic Education is famous for their educational resources, especially relating to the environment and different cultures. Did you know they have some great engineering resources too? One of our favourite games includes Ovie’s Engineering Challenge, where your students will combine their physics and math skills to solve problems and puzzles. Challenge Robots is a great (and very fun) introduction to the engineering process, robotics, and how robots function overall. We also love their two Plan it Green games where your students are asked to design and build an energy efficient city. Students learn all about green initiatives happening all around cities – from street and building design to alternative energy sources! If you want your child or students to dive into a world where they live as an environmental engineer or city planner, these games are right for you!
- PBS has a wide variety of educational resources but, when it comes to engineering, we have our top 2 favourite sites! First, we love the Building Big resource. It is dedicated to the physics and science around building strong and efficient structures. On this site, your child or student will learn all about engineers and their role in building cities; internal and external forces; strong materials used for constructing different structures; and strong shapes used in building domes, dams, buildings, and bridges. The resource includes interactive labs – where students test various shapes and materials, as well as engaging games, which have students testing their design skills. Design Squad is another great resource – and it is filled with experiments and projects to try and fun videos to watch! We particularly love the interactive Design Process that helps students understand what happens at each point, and provides tips to help them build their engineering skills.
- We can’t leave out our favourite engineers Wallace and Gromit! The website has fun introductory games that help your students test their understanding of forces and simple machines. They can build skills while constructing fun contraptions in Wallace’s Workshop. They can also build and practice their problem-solving skills while playing Sprocket Rocket and Invention Suspension.
If you want to know more about fun and hands-on ways to introduce engineering to your child or classroom check-out more on engineering education from the STEM Village Blog:
- 5 Tips to Introduce Engineering to Your Child
- Running an Engineering Design Challenge – 5 Tips to Get Anyone Started
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This article was written by Erin Carmody, an experienced educator, education consultant, and Content Manager at STEM Village.