Student Knowledge Tests (SKTs) are 15 question multiple-choice tests designed to assess elementary (grade 2-4) students’ knowledge of the science and engineering content associated with a particular Engineering is Elementary (EiE) unit (http://www.eie.org/) unit. For a given SKT, science content (typically 7 questions) relates to the science learning objectives covered in the EiE unit. The engineering content (typically 8 questions) relates to the work of an engineer in general and of the engineering type depicted in the EiE unit, the steps in the engineering design process, and a broad definition of technology. Some questions were modeled after those included among the EIE unit’s assessments; others were modeled after state and national standardized-test science questions. The engineering questions not specific to the EiE unit were repeated across all SKTs.
This Grade 4 SKT assessment for Landforms and Geotechnical Engineering was designed as a pre/post test to accompany the implementation of A Stick in the Mud: Evaluating a Landscape.
In association with the project Elementary Engineering Education (NSF DRK-12 DRL 0822261), this SKT was used in academic years 2011-12 and 2012-13. Version A was used for the pretest; Versions B and C were used for the posttest. Answer key is included.
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- Diefes-Dux, H. A. (2015). Grade 4 Student Knowledge Test (Landforms, Geotechnical Engineering). Purdue University Research Repository. doi:10.4231/R7RR1W6W