The LinkEngineering website is an online community of educators interested in providing meaningful engineering experiences to PreK-12 students of all abilities.
LinkEngineering is a community of educators working with PreK-12 students in classrooms or other settings. This includes – but is not limited to – teachers, teacher educators, and administrators. The site allows members to connect with each other and engineering education experts.
LinkEngineering is a resource website that provides examples of engineering in educational settings. It also provides background information on engineering and engineering design.
This site is the product of collaboration between the National Academy of Engineering and five partner organizations:
Funded by Chevron, LinkEngineering is designed to support more effective engineering experiences in classroom and out-of-/after-school settings. It is not merely a collection of stuff. It is a community of practitioners learning from one another.
In the second half of 2014, the LinkEngineering committee conducted research to determine the needs of various stakeholders in PreK-12 engineering education. Research included three regional stakeholder workshops, several focus groups, and a national online survey. More detail about this research is contained in a paper to be published in the proceedings of the 2015 Annual Conference of the American Association for Engineering Education.
Workshop attendees expressed what they needed to implement PreK-12 engineering experiences. They were asked how an NAE website might help address those needs and provided feedback on the site’s early design concepts. The first live version of the site was shared at the project’s third workshop in Pasadena, CA, in November 2014.
Following an iterative process very similar to engineering design, formal testing of the Alpha site began in spring 2015, when LinkEngineering invited a small number of individuals to join, add content, and interact with one another. Site improvements based on user feedback will continue to be implemented once the site is open to the public, in late summer 2015, and in years to come.