The NGSS Framework recommends that students explicitly learn how to engage in engineering design practices to solve problems. Engaging in engineering practices requires an engineering mindset.
So how do we develop an engineering mindset in our students?
Teach students how to track their own thinking processes during STEM challenges!
The Engineer’s Log Top Tab Foldable® can be used with any STEM challenge.
Students label the steps of the engineering design process on the tabs. There is plenty of room under each tab for them to jot down their thinking, draw diagrams, and record data. Using it to track their process will help students develop an
engineering mindset as they learn the importance of asking, imagining,
designing, testing, improving and reflecting, all thinking processes
that are central to engineering design.
We've created a packet that includes the following:
-A lesson to introduce the engineering design process to your students
-A Engineer's Log Foldable® cover and cutting guide and directions for how to make top tab foldables® that will be
used as logs for students to track their engineering design process
during STEM challenges
-A STEM lesson, The Mint Mobile Challenge, to use with the Engineer's Log Foldable®. The lesson includes questions for the teacher to ask which will guide students log entries.
-A Powerpoint presentation that introduces the STEM Mint Mobile Challenge
-A printable Engineer's Log Question Guide which will help students remember what to record in their logs during STEM challenges
We have included a sample STEM activity, The Mint Mobile Challenge,
which will provide students with a problem to solve as they apply the
engineering thinking processes.
Using this Foldable® to capture their thinking as they complete STEM
challenges will help students develop the mindset of engineers; understanding
that asking questions, engaging in teamwork, learning from trials and
errors, being flexible to new ideas, recording data, and reflecting on
results will all lead to better solutions.
You can find the Engineer's Log Foldable® packet at our Get Real TPT store.