Celebrate Engineers Week With These Inspirational Videos

Posted by Amielle Major on 2/20/18 11:00 AM

EIE.jpg Engineers Week is one of our favorite times of year. Each year, we celebrate the engineering field and the amazing engineers who solve problems, design technologies and make our world safer and better. This year’s theme, “Engineers: Inspiring Wonder,” is all about inspiring kids to discover their inner engineer and become innovative problem solvers. As the DiscoverE website describes, let's “encourage them to wonder, ‘Is engineering my future?’” To help educators inspire wonder this week, we thought we’d share our favorite videos of kids engineering, working together, learning, and of course, being inspired.

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Arizona Teachers Embrace Classroom Engineering

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 2/13/18 11:00 AM

2016.01.07_Amphitheater_AZ_Teaching_engineering.jpgThis blog was originally posted on January 7, 2016.

We’re always interested to learn how districts adopt and implement the EiE curriculum. One challenge many districts face is simply finding the funds for curriculum materials, another is building consensus and enthusiasm among teachers.

Amphitheater Unified School District in Tucson is a great example of a district that’s seeing a highly successful EiE implementation despite serious budget constraints.

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Topics: Profiles

Put a STEM Twist on Children’s Dental Health Month

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 2/6/18 11:00 AM

EIE.jpgDid you know that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month? The dentist’s office might not be your students’ favorite place, but it is full of engineering marvels! Below, we compiled some STEM-focused dental activities and technologies to share with your students. Whether you invite an expert to your class or challenge your kids to invent the next great toothbrush, putting a STEM twist on this important month is sure to put a smile on your students’ faces!

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Real-World Connections: Black History Month 2018

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 2/1/18 11:00 AM

EIE.jpgLast February, we shared a post on the blog featuring prominent black engineers in honor of Black History Month. We received a terrific response from educators like you who were excited to share these role models with their students. At EiE, we believe that one of the most powerful ways you can help kids envision themselves as engineers is to present them with role models that they can identify with. Here are three more groundbreaking black engineers who created technologies that impacted their fields for years to come.

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4 STEM Activities That Bring the Olympics Into Your Classroom

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 1/30/18 11:00 AM

EIE.jpgReal-world connections are a fantastic way to get kids excited about engineering. The Winter Olympics begin on February 9th, so it's the perfect time to harness kids’ excitement and show them how engineering shapes everything from an athlete’s safety gear to the design of a bobsled course. Below, check out a few Olympic modifications to our in-school and out-of-school-time units that are sure to be a hit in your classroom or afterschool program.

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Topics: Out-of-School time, EiE Teaching Tips

Getting Ready for State Tests? Make Math “Stick” With Engineering

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 1/25/18 11:00 AM

EIE.jpgState tests are right around the corner, and educators are working hard to remind their students of everything they’ve learned this year. That’s no easy feat! The recent Edutopia article “Why Students Forget—and What You Can Do About It” suggests “making as many connections as possible—typically to other concepts” to keep lessons fresh in students’ minds. Most students won’t make these connections on their own, so it’s important for educators to make these connections explicit. An engineering design challenge can be an effective (and fun!) way to make explicit connections to math concepts and strengthen students’ math skills. As students walk through the engineering design process, excited to design and improve their own technologies, educators can encourage students to productively use math to solve the problem. Below, we highlight EiE units that have strong math connections to demonstrate how educators can reinforce math concepts in a way that will stick.

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Beta Testers Needed for EiE Digital Storybooks

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 1/23/18 11:00 AM

EIE.jpg Over the past two years, the EiE team has worked hard to make our 20 paperback storybooks available on a digital platform. This new resource will better accommodate the diverse needs of elementary educators and learners. With EiE Digital Storybooks, educators can choose between abridged and unabridged storybooks while easily turning on or off features like vocabulary supports, discussion questions, and interactive animations. In the last few months, we’ve pilot tested this new platform with a small group of educators. We’re now ready to test this resource on a large scale with educators across the country. Read on to learn more about the features of this new platform and to find out how to participate in this national beta test!

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You're Invited: Four Upcoming PD Opportunities

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 1/18/18 11:00 AM

EIE.jpgThe EiE professional development team has been hard at work developing a suite of PD experiences that fit the diverse needs of elementary educators. If you're looking to improve your teaching practice this spring, it's the perfect time to check out what EiE PD has to offer. In February, join us for two free webinars: Fostering Engineering Habits of Mind in Students and Meaningful Integration of STEM in Elementary Classrooms. Or be one of the first to experience our brand new, three-part online professional development series, Intro to Engineering for Elementary Educators. And for an in-person experience, join us in Boston on March 8–9 for the hands-on, introductory Everyone Engineers workshop. Read on to learn more and register today!

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Topics: Professional Development

Motivate Student Learning With These Real-World Connections

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 1/16/18 11:00 AM

EIE.jpg The EiE team has found that young engineers are most engaged when they’re working on solving problems that connect to their own lives. Throughout our in-school and out-of-school-time curricula, we highlight the relevance of engineering and technology. And because our units are focused on engineering design challenges set in the real world, our team is constantly finding videos and articles that relate to our units. Check out the real-world connections below and share them with your class to show kids how engineers are changing the world every day!

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Topics: EiE Resources for Teachers

Learning from Failure: Behind the Scenes of EiE

Posted by Hannah E. on 1/11/18 11:00 AM

EIE.jpgEiE turns 15 this year, and we’re excited to kick off our 15th anniversary celebration recollecting some of our earliest failures and, of course, triumphs. EiE fans and long-time blog readers will know that one of our most-loved Engineering Habits of Mind is “persisting and learning from failure.” We wouldn’t have made it to where we are today without a few challenges along the way!

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