literature selections are organized into three categories: fairy and
ethnic tales, picture books, and fiction chapter books. Each
selection includes appropriate grade level range, story summary, and
possible design challenges. Some selections also include extensions.
"Engineering design challenges" are created by actionable items in
the story and lead to inquiry based team projects that have a design
theme. As an example, in the story "Island of the Blue Dolphins",
the village leaves canoes on the side of a hill for escaping a
potential attack. The heroine in the story has a difficult time
getting one of them down the hill and into the water. A "design
challenge" for the students could be to design a system to make it
easier for her to lower the canoe.
The students can
pick the character they are working for in the story to create
a design challenge. As an example they might want to work for
the wolf in the 3-pigs to find a way to catch the pigs.