Digital Engineering Design Game for Early STEM Learners

From the Smithsonian Science Education Center, Tami’s Tower: Let’s Think About Engineering is a free educational engineering design game that helps children design solutions to a problem using basic engineering design principles. The game is aligned to educational science standards for K–12 and is designed for emergent readers.

Children will learn how the shape of an object can help it function as needed to solve a problem. The game includes metacognitive prompts grounded in educational psychology research. The prompts let children monitor and assess their confidence in problem solving by reflecting on previous attempts to improve their design. Teachers can assess children’s responses to the metacognitive prompts through an in-game summary screen.

The game is freely accessible online in English and Spanish. It can also be played on iOS and Android devices.

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