Engineering Lesson Plans

engineering lesson plans

Engineering for k-12? It’s not that wild an idea, especially with math and engineering magnet schools springing up around the country. Engineers are problem solvers who use math, science, and creativity to make things work better. These are skills we’ll all find useful in the 21st century.

As it happens, we have a lot of engineering lessons at FreshPlans. Many of them are explorations connected with our folktale and fairy tale lessons, so you might not find them without a list. Here’s the list:

  • The Princess on a Glass Hill examines the challenges involved in climbing a glass hill. This brings up characteristics of materials, angle of ascent, and problem solving.
  • The Elves and the Shoemaker compares assembly line and “cottage industry” approaches to manufacturing, as well as questions of materials and design.
  • Cinderella includes an experiment on materials appropriate for shoes. You could use that for “The Elves and the Shoemaker” too.
  • The Three Little Pigs have some engineering issues in building their houses.
  • Rapunzel brings up some  questions about the tensile strength of hair, the practicality of climbing hair as a method of getting into the tower, and the construction of the tower itself.
  • The Three Billy Goats Gruff are a great starting point for a lesson on bridge building. They also have a problem which an engineer might be able to solve.
  • The Twelve Dancing Princesses has resources on new research into the property of invisibility, plus an idea for testing materials.

More of our plans:

Other online resources:

  • has a collection of lesson plans ranging from the classic assembly line simulation to building your own robot arm.
  • has hundreds of lesson plans, and you can search by keywords.
  • The Engineering Place has a varied set, some of which you may be familiar with already and some of which will be new to you, for sure.


These books all have cool ideas for engineering experiments, demonstrations, and discussions you can try in your classroom.

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