Here at The Engineering Place, we have collected some of our favorite resource materials for teachers to use in their classrooms. We hope these materials are helpful to your students as they explore the vast field of engineering.

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Activity Lesson Plans

Most of these lesson plans were developed or used in our GK-12 Engineering Teaching Fellows Program with great success.

Other sites with useful lesson plans:

The Engineering Design Process

Engineering Design Process

The Engineering Design Process that we use is adapted from the version designed by Boston Museum of Science's Engineering is Elementary program. The Engineering Design Process is a consistent repetitive series of steps for developing or improving a product or system. Educators are encouraged to explain this 5-step process to students, as well as display it in their classrooms as a reference.

Engineering on the Road Program

At The Engineering Place, we are happy to provide engineering challenges for K-12 student groups and classrooms up to 30 to 40 students per group. Visits to The Engineering Place can be scheduled only on Fridays due to limited access to classroom space. When scheduling your visit to The Engineering Place, please contact us at least one month in advance.

2015 Professional Development Workshop for Math, Science and Special Education Teachers

Dates: Wednesday, July 15 - Friday, July 17
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fee: $75 (food not included)

During this three-day workshop, math, science and special education teachers will explore the Grand Challenges of Engineering through engaging hands-on activities at the Engineering Place at NC State University.

Topics will include an introduction to the fundamentals of engineering, the engineering design process and a focus on the Grand Challenges of Engineering. We will provide teachers with curricular material and resources that they can take into the classroom to more effectively teach and assess math and science content, including how to adapt engineering activities to meet the needs of all students.

Through this workshop, teachers will strengthen their understanding of connections between engineering applications and math and science content taught at the middle and high school levels while also learning about various accessibility tools to meet the academic needs of all students.

Complete the online registration form to register.

If you have questions or if you need help finding accommodations, please contact Leyf Starling at


(n) Engineering involves the application of creativity in partnership with math, science, social studies, language arts and fine arts to search for quicker, better and less expensive ways to use the forces and materials of nature to meet today's challenges. Engineers are problem solvers who use every resource possible to bring into existence things and ideas that they imagine.


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