EiE Video Snippets: Engineering Habits of Mind

Children who develop engineering habits of mind . . .

make evidence-based decisions.

Young engineers conduct tests and observe carefully, making design decisions based on data.

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Arguing from evidence is an important engineering skill. Watch this team consider the results of their classroom tests when making a decision.

What happens when your design is too costly? These young engineers have to make tradeoffs between criteria and constraints.

Teachable moments occur when students’ pre-conceived ideas about the world conflict with what happens when they run tests.

The results of student investigations often vary, but when they do, great opportunities for discussion arise.

Some parachutes fall more slowly than others—why? Figuring out the answer to this question can help you improve your design.

Whole-class discussions help students draw conclusions from the data that everyone collected.

The results of student investigations often vary, but when they do, great opportunities for discussion arise.

Struggling with new ideas encourages students to explain their reasoning.

An accident in the data collection process provides a chance for learning.

An energetic teaching strategy gets groups to justify their material choices.