2017 Engineering Gift Guide
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The 2017 Engineering Gift Guide from Purdue University is filled with fun toys, games, books, and applications to engage girls and boys ages 3-18 in engineering thinking and design. Items included in the guide go through an extensive review process. Researchers looked for toys that would promote engineering practices ranging from coding and spatial reasoning to problem solving and critical thinking.
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Research Bases for Engineering Gift Guide
- Inman, J., & Cardella, M. E. (2015, June), Gender Bias in the Purchase of STEM-Related Toys (Fundamental) Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24151
- Cardella, M. E., & Wolsky, M., & Paulsen, C. A., & Jones, T. R. (2014, June), Informal Pathways to Engineering: Preliminary Findings Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20638
- Dorie, B. L., & Cardella, M. E., & Svarovsky, G. N. (2014, June), Capturing the Design Thinking of Young Children Interacting with a Parent Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/20147
- Dorie, B. L., & Jones, T. R., & Pollock, M. C., & Cardella, M. E. (2014, June), Parents as Critical Influence: Insights from Five Different Studies Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana. https://peer.asee.org/22901
- Cardella, M. E., & Wolsky, M., & Paulsen, C. A., & Jones, T. R. (2013, June), Informal Pathways to Engineering Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19761
- Brophy, S., & Evangelou, D. (2007, June), Precursors To Engineering Thinking (Pet) Paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference & Exposition, Honolulu, Hawaii. https://peer.asee.org/3011
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Financial Support for Gift Guide
- General Motors Foundation
- John Deere Foundation