EiE Video Snippets: Engineering Habits of Mind

Children who develop engineering habits of mind . . .

investigate properties and uses of materials.

Young engineers think about how the properties of materials affect their suitability for different uses.

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What makes the best mortar for a wall? Students reflect on their testing of some materials and their properties.  

It’s important to consider the properties of magnets when you’re building a model maglev train.

When you’re trying to make good play dough, you need to consider the properties of flour and water.

A device that picks up pollen and transfers it to another flower must have certain properties—what are they?

Predicting, testing, observing, and comparing: elementary engineering is closely connected to inquiry-based science.

To prepare for an engineering challenge, students explore and describe material properties.