Toys, games and books can support children’s early development of knowledge and skills related to engineering as well as science and mathematics. Research has shown many of the toys, games and books that support engineering learning are more often purchased for boys than for girls. Through the Engineering Gift Guide, the INSPIRE Research Institute for Pre-College Engineering is raising public awareness of the many toys, games and books that promote engineering learning and are fun for both boys and girls.
2015 Engineering Gift Guide
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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