The main focus here, is to examine the benefits of defining and developing an engineering curriculum for elementary schools. Like many other international educational systems, Australian educational settings have been seeking to effectively implement Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. However, current assumptions and expectations of STEM education are broad, poorly defined and intangible. This paper deliberates on possible contributions and impediments that are preventing teachers from achieving engineering education in their classrooms. Using Positioning Theory this paper offers possible ways that the specific literacies of engineering can be better realized in teacher practices. A closer alignment will be necessary between the visions and expectations of STEM education, as perceived by governments, business, industry and schools, to ensure a realization of the potential of STEM education. Engineering education in elementary school settings warrants the investment of time to understand what it proffers, and to enable teachers to identity and refine their practices to optimize the many benefits afforded.