Engineering for Life: Budget and Blueprint

Our “TEAMS Curriculum” uses the engineering design process to first remind students that everyone is an engineer!

We engage in the engineering design process to see how we can be addressing the pressing needs of our families, communities, and society.


Most importantly though, it’s important for us to think Holistically, and become more efficient engineers for ourselves.  Engineering design allows learners to use inquiry to help define problems and tap into their creative sides for a solution.

“Making” is the fun part, and the reason we value ‘Teaching Artists‘ so much.  They are able to satisfy the urgency of those millennials, like myself, who aren’t that great at delaying gratification.  You have an idea, you want to make it, you use the resources available to you to create!

However, the traditional disciplines and basics in academics can become lost if we are focusing solely on the creation, without evaluating the feasibility of that design.  That’s why our TEAMS Curriculum is so powerful.  Let’s say you’re interested in providing learners with higher-level thinking, on a low budget.   This isn’t a time to panic, but to improves, and intentionally teach learners about budgeting and optimization.

Here’s all you’ll need.


A budget sheet that outlines the materials that they will be able to use to create and graphing paper to help with the design.  It’s just that simple. Helping learners understand how to PLAN after they’ve imagined their world-changing creation is extremely vital to making that ‘real-world’ connection to our enthusiastic makers.

Share how you’ll be incorporating budgeting and blueprinting into your lessons, with our Executive Consultant, she’ll like to hear from you!

Whether it’s calculating the cost of war, planning for an updated water-way system, or building a bridge out of popsicle sticks the incorporation of engineering design with this “Budgeting and Blueprinting” lesson can overlay all subject areas. The best part, it’s low-budget, and you can better prepare for just how much materials you’ll need once students have a solid idea of their own plan.  A win-win for all engineers in the classroom!




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