Design & engineering are gaining more and more attention in the k12 space. The NGSS standards have codified engineering as an essential discipline in science education. Employers are looking for creatives and makers who can produce next generation technologies and services. In the research space, design-based learning has demonstrated positive gains in developing 21st century skills and increasing content knowledge in STEM disciplines. And furthermore, teachers and students dig implementing design challenges where kids get their hands on materials and solve problems.
If you are on the hunt for some new resources, one website worth checking out is the D.School's K12 lab. Here you can find inspirational content, see whats new in the design thinking field, and explore how higher ed. and industry are approaching product design and development.