This project creates eight half-year units in two subject areas—Force and Motion, and Energy Systems— for three grade bands, pre-K–1, 2-3 and 4–6. These projects integrate engineering, science, math literacy and art in the context of design, construction and testing of toys using inexpensive or recycled materials.
About Me (Bio):
Gary Benenson is Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the City College of New York. Prior to becoming an educator, he was a technician at Yale-New Haven Hospital and an Electronic Design Engineer at Picker International, Columbia University and Brookhaven National Labs. He now serves as Project Director of Physical Science Comes Alive, an NSF-funded effort to integrate engineering, math, science literacy and art in the elementary grades. Curriculum trials are taking place in low-income schools in NYC, DC, Los Angeles, and Northern Minnesota. Research on the materials is being conducted by Richard Lehrer of Vanderbilt University. Benenson is co-author of the five "Stuff that works!" curriculum guides, published by Heinemann. These materials make use of artifacts and problems from children's own environments, as sources for analysis and design.