Novel Engineering: Integrating Engineering and Literacy
August 11-12, 2020
9am - 4pm

Novel Engineering ( is an integrated approach to teaching engineering and literacy that uses texts to provide context for engineering problems. In this two-day workshop, educators will learn about Novel Engineering and how to implement a Novel Engineering unit with their students. In Novel Engineering, reading the text can support the engineering and doing engineering can help students understand the text. Students begin by reading a book and discussing problems encountered by the characters and then follow the engineering design process and build a solution to solve the characters’ problems.

NE Professional Development consists of three main strands.

1. Engaging teachers in engineering by having them work through Novel Engineering activities

2. Looking at video of students’ engaged in Novel Engineering activities to understand what NE looks like in a classroom and to identify the beginning of engineering in an integrated activity

3. Planning Novel Engineering activities for the classroom

This workshop will be held on the Tufts University Somerville/Medford Campus

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