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Engineering for Middle School Students

CyberChase (PBS Kids)
Join the cybersquad. Good guys only, please. PBS Kids show CyberChase offers a range of online resources for future CISOs, including activities and games geared toward learning math, code, and similar concepts.
NASA Kids Club
Want to build a rocket? Have at it -- and plenty of other space-related projects and activities -- with the NASA Kids Club.
Backed by some of the biggest names in tech,'s stated mission is to grow computer science learning by fostering its inclusion in school curriculums. In addition to its Hour of Code series, the site also features an Intro to Computer Science course for K-8, programming tutorials in languages such as Python and JavaScript, mobile app development activities, and other resources.

TechRocket's courses for coding, game design, and graphic design are built on the premise that "you're never too young to learn STEM skills." This site includes a heavy focus on building mobile apps and games, from iOS development to Minecraft mods.

Engineering, Go For It (eGFI)
Created by the American Society for Engineering Education, eGFI's aim is to foster educational and pre-professional interest in engineering and other STEM subjects from kindergarten through high school. In addition to information on the myriad branches of the engineering field -- from biomedical to computer to mechanical and beyond -- the site features descriptions of professional paths for each, including profiles of real people at work in the field.
Zoom (PBS Kids)
Check out activitiesgames, and downloadable offline projects from PBS Kids' series Zoom, a show made "by kids, for kids" that encourages curiosity and ingenuity across a range of subjects. My almost-5-year-old and I particularly enjoyed the Goldburger to Go game. In related news, I might need some remedial schooling.
CS Education Week's "unplugged" programs
No computer? No problem, at least once you've downloaded the lesson plan for My Robotic Friends or another "unplugged" activity. My Robotic Friends, as with other unplugged programs, teaches coding, debugging, and related concepts without actually using a computer, which could be handy for schools and homes working with tight budgets and outdated PCs. The CS Education Week website features six unplugged activities.
Kinetic City
Budding scientists of all stripes will dig Kinetic City's collection of science projects, experiments, and educational games -- including activities that pull the young scientist away from the screen. Do you or your children have your own favorites? Share them with us in the comments.
Grow Your Own Engineer

To help in your child’s career development, be involved. Talk to him or her about favorite activities and interests, and dreams for the future. 

Seven Inspiring Videos
These videos feature female engineers from Bechtel, ExxonMobil, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and TE Connectivity.

Engineering Outreach for Middle School Students

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