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Think Like an Engineer

Ian Nelson
Average rating:4.7Number of reviews:(2,509)
An introductory engineering course for gifted and twice-exceptional learners

Class experience

US Grade 4 - 7
Through their participation in the Think Like An Engineer course, students will:
- Describe and explain steps of the engineering design process
- Use engineering design processes to solve open-ended design challenges
- Recognize how engineering design processes can be used to solve many different problems
- Appreciate the iterative nature of engineering design
- Practice prototyping skills using readily available supplies such as cardboard and hot glue
I am a mechanical engineer turned engineering educator who has lots of experience working with gifted and twice-exceptional learners. As a veteran instructor of Center for Talented Youth summer programs, I'm excited to make Think Like an Engineer accessible to online learners.
Homework Offered
Each week includes a segment called "Continue the Adventure" to give students an opportunity to think like engineers. These challenges are deliberately open-ended to encourage students to use the ABCs of Design. Students are highly encouraged to make rough prototypes of their ideas to demonstrate their thinking in three dimensions.
2 - 4 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
Classes 2 through 10 begin with an open round for students to share their projects. Think Like An Engineer is appropriate for middle school or high school credit. If your learner is taking Think Like An Engineer for academic credit, they should keep an engineering design journal where they document their work on each week's projects.
Grades Offered
 1 file available upon enrollment
Students should have access to a home crafting space to complete projects in this course. Recommended supplies include cardboard, a hot glue gun, cutting tools, and a ruler. Students would also benefit from placing interesting items such as buttons, wheels, springs, fabric scraps, rubber bands, beads, and various clean recyclables in their "prototyping box" for use in future projects. A PDF list of challenge prompts is available upon registration.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
This course is designed for gifted and twice-exceptional learners. Please advise if your child has any specific learning needs when you register them.
Average rating:4.7Number of reviews:(2,509)
Hello! I'm an engineer committed to giving students amazing experiences in math, science, and engineering. I believe that learning happens when kids ask questions and explore their interests. I look forward to helping your kids leverage their... 
Group Class


for 10 classes
1x per week, 10 weeks
50 min

Completed by 298 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 9-14
2-8 learners per class

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