Your Top 7 Professional Development Questions Answered

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 6/22/17 11:00 AM

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At EiE, we know that professional development is important for engineering educators. Our PD workshops introduce you to the EiE curriculum; increase your knowledge of engineering, technology, and the Engineering Design Process; boost your confidence in teaching engineering; and enhance your ability to implement open-ended engineering design challenges with your students. We offer a wide variety of workshops for teachers, teacher educators, and out-of-school time providers, and we’re proud of our unique, hands-on offerings that have turned many STEM skeptics into true engineering believers. For those who are new to PD, the number of options can feel overwhelming, and for PD veterans, it’s exciting to hear about what’s coming up next. So read on to learn more about online PD, TEIs, our upcoming early childhood PD, and more!

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“Classroom Teachers are Experts”: Watch Christine Cunningham’s Acceptance Speech

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 6/20/17 11:00 AM

McGrawPrizeCourtyard-497.jpgLast month, our founder and director, Christine Cunningham, was awarded a Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education. Christine was recognized in the U.S. K-12 Education category for “pioneering a curriculum that is transforming education by introducing engineering concepts and practices at the elementary level.” Her acceptance speech at the ASU/GSV Summit moved the crowd and highlighted EiE’s commitment to making engineering accessible to ALL students.

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Topics: Scholarships and Awards

Go Green this Summer with Recycled Racer Engineering

Posted by Hannah E. on 6/15/17 11:00 AM

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We know that budgets at afterschool programs, camps, and schools can be tight, which is why the materials needed to teach EiE’s engineering activities are “inexpensive by design.” Our curriculum designers try their best to require supplies that teachers can easily locate at their local craft or hardware stores. If you are short on time and looking for an inexpensive afterschool engineering activity with easy-to-source materials, don’t be discouragedGo Green: Engineering Recycled Racers, one of our Engineering Adventures units, is the perfect activity for you!

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Topics: Out-of-School time

Getting Started with EiE: Choosing a Unit

Posted by Hannah E. on 6/13/17 11:00 AM

EIE 2015 JR_1105 resized.jpgBringing engineering to your classroom can seem like a daunting task. Visions of a craft supply mountain and a textbook-sized teacher guide can make even the most seasoned teacher hesitate. Here at EiE, we know the importance of introducing engineering to students, but we don’t want teachers to see classroom engineering as a difficult or insurmountable burden. To ease the potentially stressful task of introducing a new subject, the Engineering is Elementary team has worked hard to create resources, guides, and charts that provide educators with everything they’ll need to choose an appropriate EiE unit and easily implement classroom engineering.

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Topics: Implementing EiE

Meet Our First Online PD Scholarship Winners!

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 6/8/17 11:00 AM

online PD.jpg The EiE Professional Development Team works tirelessly to find innovative ways to make high-quality, affordable professional development accessible to educators all over the world. That’s why we’ve been so excited to roll out our new Online PD experiences. Over the past year, we’ve conducted webinars about habits of mind and engineering in out-of-school time, and we’ve had some amazing discussions with educators around the country about STEM integration and ELA connections. In March, we mentioned our brand new Online PD Scholarship on the blog, and we were blown away by the response! From the huge volume of applications, the Online PD team has pulled together an amazing team of dedicated educators to help us pilot test the very first online PD workshop series.

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Share Your #EiEDesigns With Us!

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 6/6/17 11:00 AM

EIE 2015 JR_1105 resized.jpgThe EiE team works hard every day to produce curricula that will engage young learners and get them excited about engineering. We know that over 13 million children have engaged in EiE, and sometimes, we’re lucky enough to see their designs! We love when teachers find us on Twitter or Facebook, or email us to share their students’ creations with us. Today, we want to invite you to use our new hashtag for sharing student work—#EiEDesigns. And to celebrate, we’re spotlighting an EiE design that got the whole team excited: a very well-engineered plant package sent to us from an enterprising first-grade class!

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Four Free Activities to Help You Engineer the Perfect Summer

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 6/1/17 11:00 AM

AH0A5784RAW_1.jpgEngineering education doesn’t have to stop at the end of the school year! Educators all over the country are teaching our out-of-school-time curricula, Engineering Adventures (grades 3–5) and Engineering Everywhere (grades 6–8), in their summer programs. With 20 units available to download for free on our website, there’s an engineering topic to engage every young learner in your program. If you don’t know where to start, why not take some inspiration from the season? Check out these four summer-friendly out-of-school-time units and keep the engineering fun going all year long!

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Topics: Out-of-School time

Beyond Memorization: Engineering Helps Kids See the Big Picture

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 5/25/17 11:00 AM

The students in Jean Facchiano's fourth-grade class have spent the morning engineering their own models of permeable membranes, using ordinary kitchen supplies like sponges, coffee filters, and perforated aluminum foil. The goal is to design a system that lets water drip into a frog habitat, keeping the container slightly damp, not dry or flooded.

Each group of students has come up with their own unique system for controlling water flow into the habitat. Now, in the video below, the students present their results. It's not just a show-and-tell; it's a concise demonstration of elementary students starting to apply their systems-thinking skills.

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Topics: Engineering Habits of Mind

"Can I Just Teach Lesson 4?" The Power of Scaffolded STEM Learning

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 5/23/17 11:00 AM

2015.07.02_EiE_Blog_Lesson_4Elementary teachers are under tremendous time pressure, especially with the current emphasis on preparing for standardized tests. Working through the four lessons in an Engineering is Elementary unit takes about six to ten hours of class time. When I facilitate EiE workshops, teachers often ask me: “Do I HAVE to teach all four lessons? What if I just skip to Lesson 4?" . . . which is the engineering design challenge, where kids design, build, and test a technology, such as a solar oven or water filter.  

In our Teacher Educator Institutes, we ask participants to skip to Lesson 4 deliberately, as a learning experience. I recall one workshop where we started with Lesson 4 from our “Designing Submersibles” unit; the challenge is to make a model submersible from small plastic vials that contain sand, beads, or marbles.

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Topics: EiE Teaching Tips

We Want To Hear From You!

Posted by EiE Team on 5/18/17 11:00 AM

We’re looking for feedback from everyone who reads our blog or newsletter—that means you! If you fill out the short form (it should take no more than 10 minutesbelow, you’ll automatically be entered to win the EiE teacher guide of your choice. You can view the full selection of EiE units hereYour feedback is extremely valuable to us and will help us produce the content that you are most interested in. This survey will close at 5 PM EDT on Thursday, June 1, 2017. 

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