Family Engineering

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Family Engineering


McNabney, Deb, The Science Teacher


Family Engineering

By Mia Jackson, David Heil, Joan Chadde, and Neil Hutzler

$39.95. 115 pp. Foundation for Family Science and Engineering, Portland, OR. 2011.

ISBN: 9780615493664.

Hosting a community family engineering event can be intimidating, but the resources and activities covered in this guide address every conceivable issue, making this an amazingly comprehensive planning manual.

Chapters 1 through 4 introduce family engineering, related education standards, and the world of engineering. Chapter 5, the organization chapter, includes advice on event size, format, location, scheduling, and publicity. A section on the event team outlines roles, recruitment, and training of event volunteers. The event section guides planners in physical setup (including a diagram for room layout) and provides tips for a successful event.

The remainder of the book covers activities piloted and field tested in schools, museums, clubs, and libraries in 10 states and Puerto Rico. Chapter 6 contains activities called Openers--quick tabletop activities that encourage family collaboration and problem solving. They are self-directed and engage families immediately upon their arrival at the event. …

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