Unpacking the Engineering Process: Resourcing Trade Books and Biographies

Julie Jackson, Michelle Forsythe, Danielle S. L. Medeiros, Joseph Parthemore, Alexis Rix


Interest in engineering education is growing, and libraries are often the hub of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning activities in schools and communities. To enhance patrons’ experiences, many libraries have incorporated making, maker, and tinkering spaces that support STEM learning and engineering thinking. Making, maker, and tinkering spaces generally include opportunities for patrons to have hands-on experiences with a variety of materials, technology resources, and design challenges that encourage thinking like an engineer. This type of thinking is “goal-oriented thinking that addresses problems and decisions within given constraints by drawing on available resources, both material resources and human capital.” Thinking like an engineer, making, and tinkering are all part of engineering design-based learning.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5860/cal.16.4.4


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