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Engineering Encounters: The Internet of Things for Kids

Science and Children Volume 54, Number 9, ISSN 0036-8148


This column presents ideas and techniques to enhance science teaching. In the "Talking Window Garden" project, students create "smart" plant pots that use sensors to collect and analyze data on the health of their plants. The Talking Window Garden project was a collaborative effort between an elementary teacher who wanted to challenge her math class; a software engineer from a local tech company who wanted to inspire the next generation of engineers; and the author, a technology specialist who wanted to introduce students to 3D design. Fourth-grade students worked on the project during their Thursday math block, an hour and 15 minutes each week, from February through May. During the project, students were engaged and on-task in a way that was unheard of for math class.


Davis, T. (2017). Engineering Encounters: The Internet of Things for Kids. Science and Children, 54(9), 84-91. Retrieved November 18, 2019 from .

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