Designing an Animal Habitat
Watch as out-of-school staff model the practical application of the scientific and engineering processes, encouraging youth to ask questions, define problems, and engineer solutions. Staff work with youth on designing an animal enclosure and model using the engineering design principles to help guide the process.
Research suggests: Staff can learn to describe science and engineering practices in ways that youth can understand and give youth opportunities to learn and practice skills. They encourage children to emulate scientists through methodical procedures such as scientific inquiry and observation, or the engineering design process. (NGSS)