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Engineering Design Process (EDP) Quick Reference Guide - NEW!
Engineering practices are embedded in the new science TEKS, but what does that look like in a science classroom? The Engineering Design Process Quick Reference Guide is an easy-to-use instructional resource designed to support teachers as they plan and facilitate engineering design challenges in the science classroom.


The guide provides:

  • an overview of the engineering design process (EDP),
  • planning and facilitation supports for each phase of the EDP,
  • “look fors” intended for instructional observations, and
  • reflection questions for students and teachers.







Guides to implementing design challenges in the science and CTE classroom


These TEKS-aligned teacher resources:

  • provide background knowledge on concepts;
  • offer the opportunity to practice skills related to collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking;
  • support the development of time management, adaptability, and innovative thinking;
  • connect to careers and real-world content applications;
  • outline the basic components of a STEM classroom;
  • present guidance on how to use an engineering notebook; and
  • scaffold the engineering design process using facilitation questions and sentence stems.​
All of these foundational pieces support student growth and achievement to successfully complete design challenges.
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Grades K-2 Grades 3-5
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Grades 6-8  Grades 9-12 


Design challenges encourage students to think about real-world issues and how students would solve them using available tools and materials. Some challenges even include a budget component. Each challenge is aligned to the TEKS, which are listed in the teacher guide portion of the challenge. The appendix sections provide more information and tips about implementing critical skills, setting up engineering notebooks, and establishing student expectations and roles. The appendices also include reproducible masters and sample rubrics.
Digital access to downloadable content, including the product and accompanying suggested resources, is provided through with a user license set up at time of purchase.
STEMulating Design Challenges in Science
$75 per grade band
Order at using the product IDs below:
  • Kindergarten–Grade 2: 460-1995
  • Grades 3–5: 460-1996
  • Grades 6–8: 460-2058 
  • Grades 9–12: 460-2061
For questions about this resource, or to set up customized professional development, e-mail




STEM and Engineering Design Process (EDP)

Date Time Session Virtual F2F
May 2 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Engineering Design in Science Instruction (Grades 6-8)   X


K–12 Statewide STEM Trainings

Date Time Session Virtual F2F
January 10-11 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. K-12 Statewide STEM Leadership Training   X
February 6-7 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. K-12 Statewide STEM Teacher Training   X



View the full calendar of Science workshops available from Region 4 Science here.  For customized professional development, e-mail


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Interested in taking Region 4 Science courses when it's most convenient for YOU? We offer several online courses that can be taken over 30 days, at your own pace. Earn as many as 6 CPE from the comfort of your computer! For more information, follow the links below. For more information about these sessions, e-mail



STEM Literacy

Define and discuss STEM literacy and its importance. Explore strategies that can be used before, during, and after reading that allow for independent and collaborative student work. Examine how to safely research on the Internet using various search engines and tools to curate information. Complete the course by putting new skills into practice. Learn more and register here.



Getting STEM Ready

Explore what having a STEM ready classroom entails. Define STEM and discuss what a STEM classroom looks and feels like. Consider materials, where to find them, and then how to manage and design makerspaces. Experience STEM in practice and conclude by mapping out how to embed STEM into your classroom. Learn more and register here.




The Engineering Design Process

Explore the engineering design process (EDP). Learn how STEM experiences are supported and explore the key components of the EDP through the lens of teacher and student actions. Participants will leave with a design challenge and ideas for implementation, including supporting students as they develop their STEM thinking. Learn more and register here.


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The Region 4 Texas EcosySTEM is a part of Texas Education Agency's (TEA) statewide Texas EcosySTEM. This collaborative effort unites various stakeholders to work towards the common goal of increasing access for young people to STEM-rich learning environments so that they are engaged and have mastered the necessary skills for success in STEM careers.


The Texas EcosySTEM has created a statewide STEM steering committee as well as regional STEM hubs (such as the Region 4 EcosySTEM) with representation from:

  • Formal and informal K-12 educators
  • Workforce Development Boards
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • STEM Business/Industry professionals
  • Education Service Centers
  • Post-secondary institutions
  • Non-profits
  • Other relevant stakeholders

Learn all about the Region 4 Texas EcosySTEM Collaborative here.


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