Wednesday, September 3, 2014

PBS: Teaching NGSS Engineering

K-12 educators have been getting ready for, or in some cases adopting, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). A new opportunity and challenge in the adoptions of NGSS is the incorporation of engineering-based standards. Engineering education is an up and coming discipline in the K-12 community which can provide many benefits such as engaging students in problem solving, providing a framework to integrate disciplines, and make connections to real world scenarios through technology innovation.

One of the challenges of implementing engineering materials in the classroom is finding stuff that is relevant for students. A new resource that helps solve this problem is PBS Learning Media's NGSS  repository of videos, lessons, and other educational resources. The site includes free access, a search engine aligned to NGSS standards, and a ton of media from heavy hitters such as NOVA, PBS, and more.