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Benefits of this process

Essential Questions: 

How will I be the "coach on the side" versus the "Sage on the Stage"

How can we teach this creatively?

What makes this for the students a non-scripted engaged learning experience?

Home Definitions Feedback/Rubric About Engineering
Design process Connect Stories Literature Selections Prek-5 grade differences
Thinking Skills Standards Project Learning Program overview


Getting started:

This work-book is to help you navigate the process of facilitating a project based learning experience for your students. Each section gives you a discussion on the particular subject, templates and examples to support your effort. Use the buttons' in the top table to bring you to the topic you want information about.

Getting started begins with what objectives you want to achieve with your students. This will support your setting up with your students, rubrics and feedback methods for learning.

What prior knowledge do my students need to know?

Using a story, you can find the design challenges that allow the use of the design process and project based learning to occur.  You can steer the direction of the project by  using requirements to focus on the science, math and the overall objects.

The exciting part, for you the teacher, is combining  the design process flow with the challenge from the story and the learning styles of your students in a learning environment that engages and excites the students.

Have Fun and enjoy the learning!


Creative Design Process Flow charts of the process with hyperlink connections

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Program Overview

Introduction to the program. Explaining the different elements that are modeled in the Professional Development (PD)

Connect Stories

Process to find the design challenge in the story ( Understand what is the problem we will solve )

Design Process

Explains the steps that one takes in the generative process of finding lots of ideas and the convergent process where the ideas are narrowed based on the requirements of the design.

Feedback/ Rubrics

Assessment is Learning.  Adding in the knowledge to have our students understand the expectation of them and to be part of the learning process.

Thinking Skills

The tools of engineering are thinking Skills.  These are infused within this process.


Project based learning process (Using design thinking to connect literature to math. and science) ... Flow diagram

Why are we doing this?

We need to move from a culture of memorization to a culture of thinking, creating and understanding.

Our students will change careers many times and need to learn how to be life-long learners and questioners.

The students should see the fun/excitement of learning which includes engineering design, mathematics and science.

The Massachusetts science framework includes engineering in strand 4.

Design thinking provides a connector for interdisciplinary learning to support your engagement of the students.


Reference Documents:

Process flow diagram

Chart shows the steps involved starting from literature to a project based learning assignment.

PD assessment

Provides the elements that one might use to assess how well the PD was implemented in the classroom.

Syllabus for the PD.

Basic framework used to create the professional development (PD) course.

Program overview (850K)

 PDF document that describes the program that Engineering lens is creating for teachers around engineering design and thinking skills.

One_page overview document


PDF document that summarizes the program.
List of activities (PDF) List of activities done in the PD class with teachers


Feedback Sheets ... Microsoft Word

Daily FEEDBACK Sheets:  integrating Engineering and Thinking Skills.  Used to get inputs from the teachers in the PD class.

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  Prepared by  Bill Wolfson.  Copyright 2012
Last Updated  8/23/2012