Engineering Design Practices:

Why SECME Engineering Design Competitions? 


What sets SECME apart is our focus on engineering design practices. To help our SECME educators discuss the what, why, and how of our student competitions, we have posted two resources on our Website to help in answering the question: "Why SECME?"
Why SECME Engineering Design Competitions?

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Why SECME Engineering Design Competitions?

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APPENDIX F -- Science and Engineering Practices in the NGSS


The eight practices of science and engineering that the Framework identifies as essential for all students to learn and describes in detail are listed below. We have attached this APPENDIX F which describes what each of the eight practices implies about what your students can do and to help you better understand performance expectations. The “Practices Matrix” is included toward the end, which lists the specific capabilities included in each practice for each grade band (K-2, 3-5, 6-8,9-12).


Eight practices of science and engineering:
1. Ask questions (for science) and define problems (for engineering)
2. Develop and use models
3. Plan and carry out investigations
4. Analyze and interpret data
5. Use mathematics and computational thinking
6. Construct explanations (for science) and design solutions (for engineering)
7. Engage in argument from evidence
8. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information


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