Novel Engineering

html-2Novel Engineering is an integrated approach to teaching engineering and literacy, with opportunities to engage science and mathematics content as well.  Students use classroom literature (stories, novels, and expository texts) to identify and solve real problems.  This innovative approach was developed by the Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach and has been brought to St. Louis through the generous funding of the James S. McDonnell Family Foundations.


If you are interested in doing a Novel Engineering project in your own classroom, we have some pre-made project lists to help get you going. Use the following steps to get started:

  1. If you don’t already have an Amazon account, go to and create an account.
  2. Click on one of the links below that corresponds with your classroom grade level:
  3. On the screen that appears, click on the button that says “Save and View This List.”
  4. The list is now saved under your Wish Lists. You can either add all the items to your cart or just a few in order to check out.

In addition to your books and supplies, you can access teacher and students handouts below.


Elissa Milto, Director of Outreach
Novel Engineering at Tufts University
(617) 627-5888

Kimberly Weaver, Engineering Education Specialist
Washington University in St. Louis
(314) 935-8138


A voice crackles over the intercom, calling for the attention of all engineers in the building. However, the listening ears belong, not to adults, but to the students of Bermuda Elementary in the Ferguson-Florissant School District.