STEM Education Resource Center: Engineering Resources

Herbert Hoover said this about the engineering profession: "There is the satisfaction of watching a figment of the imagination emerge through the aid of science to a plan on paper. Then it moves to realisation in stone or metal or energy. Then it brings homes to men or women. Then it elevates the standard of living and adds to the comforts of life. This is the engineer's high privilege." Content from public broadcasting like e² and DESIGN SQUAD can help students practice the multiple disciplines that engineers must master and help them envision the steps they need to take to join this profession.

Below is a snapshot of PBS offerings; to find more, search our database of nearly 4,000 science, technology, engineering and math resources for grades preK-12. We've also created a printable STEM Resource Round Up [126K pdf] for your use.


PreK-5th Grades

Sid the Science Kid

The Pulley Young students explore pulleys as simple machines that help people move things more easily.

Another Way to Slide Students learn the concept of an inclined plane.


Curious George

Sand Tunnels Building sand tunnels at the beach turns into a lesson in engineering.

Candy Bridge Students build a bridge using candy and straws.



Fetch! These easy, hands-on activities are great for eight- to ten-year olds. It's science, engineering, problem solving, and fun all rolled into one.




Egg Bungee Jump Students design a bungee jump so that the egg stops within 2 inches of the floor when dropped from 5 feet (PDF)

Hoop Glider Students construct a glider with an unusual wing structure. (PDF)



6th-12th Grades


Design Squad

Heavy Lifting Students are challenged to design and build a crane out of cardboard and see how heavy a load it can lift. (PDF)

Touchdown Students follow engineering processes to build a shock-absorbing system.(PDF)



Building Design Project Students redesign or create a brand new design for a building using technology and materials used in sustainable design.

Community and Culture Project Students use journaling to observe the public places, structures and transportation systems in their community.


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