Unit of Instruction

I Am An Engineer!

Elementary School
Targeted Grade Level
PreK - 5th

Some young children grow up knowing an engineer. Most do not. Or, the engineers they know are different from them in gender, race, or other demographic characteristics. This unit extends children’s developmental skills with using Rokenbok and introduces them to the idea that everyone uses engineering every day. So, they (and their teachers) are already engineers.

Included Lessons
  1. I Am An Engineer - Unit Overview
  2. What Is An Engineer?
  3. Patterns & Pyramids
  4. What's In The Lab?
  5. Free Build
NGSS Learning Dimensions


Scientific & Engineering Practices

  • Developing & using models

  • Using mathematics and computational thinking

  • Asking questions and defining problems


Crosscutting Concepts

  • Scale, proportion, and quantity

  • Structure and function

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