NASA eClips Resources Presented on STEMinar for Engineering Educators
The National Institute of Aerospace’s Center for Integrative STEM Education (NIA-CISE) Education Team presented a STEMinar entitled “5E, 6E, 7E Lesson Models: What’s the Big Deal About E’s?” for the International Technology and Engineering Educator’s Association (ITEEA) on April 28, 2022. The 17 STEMinar participants compared several different instructional models and identified how the models lend themselves to integrative STEM education. The NIA-CISE Education Team also introduced NASA eClips™ resources to support STEM instruction and engagement in both formal and nonformal settings, including the eClips "Black Boxes" – a tool to help students understand the difference between the engineering design process and scientific inquiry. Participants were given the opportunity to review the newly redesigned Elementary Engineering Design Packet (for students in grades 3-5) and Secondary Engineering Design Packet (for students in grades 6-12) that introduce students to a formal design process. The open-ended nature of the packets makes them applicable to any design project for use with any curriculum, whether in a formal or informal setting. The packets are accompanied by an Engineering Design Packet Implementation Guide and a rubric that can assist teachers with implementation and evaluation. Finally, participants were introduced to carefully curated resources organized on the engineering page of the NASA eClips website. The NASA eClips project is supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX16AB91A and is part of NASA’s Science Activation Portfolio. Please visit https://nasaeclips.arc.nasa.gov/ to learn more.