Engineering is Elementary
Engineering is Elementary uses children’s love for building things to engage them in real-world engineering design challenges. The hands-on projects integrate an elementary school science topic with a specific field of engineering. A searchable database is included. Projects combine science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to encourage problem-solving, inquiry, and innovation. Units include lesson plans, assessment tools, and a wealth of multimedia resources to assist teachers before and during the projects. Grades: 1-8
This resource is more than the rest of the community-oriented, feature-rich sites we're exploring today, but we can't resist a site that's all about robots. Most robotics sites cater to postgraduate academics or hobbyists and professionals in the field of robotics. For the casual and curious learner, this site is a great starting point. It features a not-so-frequently updated but still fascinating blog as well as encyclopedic information given in formats that are simple to digest and understand. The site houses sections on undersea and airborne robots, on nuclear and military robots, on space robots, and on the basics of how robots work and who builds them. In short, if you want to know more about a particular area of robotics, Learn About Robots is a good jumping-off point to explore the web for more information.