Early Childhood Engineering: Supporting Engineering Design Practices with Young Children and Their Families

March 30th, 2020 | RESEARCH

Engineering is a critical yet understudied topic in early childhood. Previous research has shown that even young children can engage in (versions of) engineering design practices and processes that are similar to those of adult engineers and designers. In this session, we will share and discuss current research projects to explore how different in-school and out-of-school contexts and activities support 3- to 8-year-old children as they engage in engineering design. We will consider ways that the different characteristics of the activities and spaces, as well as the practices of teachers, facilitators, and parents, make space for and encourage engineering design thinking.



Team Members

Scott Pattison, Author, TERC
Monica Cardella, Author, Purdue University
Hoda Ehsan, Author, Purdue University
Smirla Ramos-Montañez, Author, Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Gina Navoa Svarovsky, Author, University of Notre Dame
Merredith Portsmore, Author, Tufts University
Elissa Milto, Author, Tufts University
Mary Beth McCormack, Author
Chris San Antonio-Tunis, Author, Museum of Science, Boston
M. Terri Sanger, Author, Purdue University


Publication: NARST 2020


Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: STEM+C
Award Number: 1543175

Funding Source: NSF
Funding Program: AISL
Award Number: 1515628

Funding Source: Private Foundation
Funding Program: Spencer Foundation
Award Number: 201900059

Related URLs

Head Start on Engineering: Supporting Engineering Interest Development in Early Childhood
Integrated STEM and Computing Learning in Formal and Informal Settings for Kindergarten to Grade 2


Audience: Educators | Teachers | Elementary School Children (6-10) | Learning Researchers | Museum | ISE Professionals | Parents | Caregivers | Pre-K Children (0-5)
Discipline: Engineering
Resource Type: Conference Proceedings | Reference Materials
Environment Type: Informal | Formal Connections | K-12 Programs | Museum and Science Center Programs | Pre-K | Early Childhood Programs | Public Programs