Baltimore Program Embraces “It Takes a Village” Approach to STEM Ed

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 8/23/16 11:00 AM

A few years ago, Baltimore educators and researchers launched an innovative STEM program for elementary students. One goal was to get parents engaged in their students’ STEM learning; another was to connect STEM learning to real-world issues in the local community. This focus on local connections is how Engineering Adventures, the out-of-school-time curriculum developed by Engineering is Elementary, came to be part of the “STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools” project—SABES for short.

Watch a short video about the SABES project

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Topics: Out-of-School time

Reading and Engineering—the Perfect Pair

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 8/17/16 9:53 AM

Student Reading
Classroom engineering can help meet your goals for ELA instruction!

Reading is a clear priority in elementary classrooms across the nation. The average
K- 3 elementary student gets nearly an hour and a half of reading/language arts instruction each day, according to the 2012 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education. Science and engineering instruction are a much smaller part of the school day in most schools. But here at EiE, we’ve found that reading and engineering are natural partners.

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Topics: Engineering and English Language Arts

Creating an Engineering Design Process for the Preschool Classroom

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 8/16/16 11:00 AM

EiE Play Dough
Engineering = hands-on play in a framework

When our son was three, he would spend hours playing with wooden blocks, making a highway for toy cars, a pen for toy animals, or just the highest tower he could stack. We didn’t think of it this way, but he was engineering.

Early childhood educators have always recognized how building with blocks (and similar hands-on activities) help children develop motor skills while at the same time exercising their creativity. But these activities can also be framed as authentic engineering. That’s something the EiE curriculum team is working on right now: a framework for preschool engineering.

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Topics: Early Childhood STEM Education

New On-Demand Webinar is an Introduction to Afterschool Engineering

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 8/9/16 11:00 AM

OST Webinar screenshot
New EiE PD offerings will include both on-demand and live, interactive sessions.

We know that elementary teachers value high-quality STEM professional development (PD). We also know that funding for PD can be limited, and even when there is plenty of funding, it can be hard to get release time from class, or find a sub to cover. What’s the solution? Engineering is Elementary is developing a suite of online professional development resources for K-8 engineering educators. We’re pleased to share that our first offering, "Introduction to Engineering for Out-of-School-Time Programs," is now available.

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Topics: Professional Development

EiE Teacher Tip: Download the EiE Storybook Illustrations

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 8/4/16 11:00 AM

Every Thursday on the EiE Blog we provide teaching tips and resources for your engineering classroom.

Teacher reading a storybook
Reading the storybook? Download the illustrations!

When Brittney Armstrong taught her first Engineering is Elementary unit to second graders at Slaughter Elementary in Louisville, KY, she was concerned. "It took us two entire class periods to complete the storybook and discuss it," she says. "That was too long for second graders."

When she shared her concern with another EiE teacher, Brittney got a helpful tip: You can download the illustrations for each of the 20 EiE storybooks from the project website!

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Topics: EiE Resources for Teachers

Calling All EiE Teachers: Share Your Ideas for New Digital Storybooks!

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 8/2/16 11:00 AM

Digital Storybooks sample illustration
What features would YOU like to see in a digital storybook?

When teachers talk, we listen. You told us you love the storybooks that introduce each Engineering is Elementary unit . . . but you’ve also shared ideas for enhancements. So we’re pleased to announce a new project here at EiE: the Digital Storybook Initiative. Digital storybooks are books you read on a tablet or computer; we’re creating digital versions of all 20 EiE storybooks that will have a host of flexible features to support every learning style.

Now we need your help! Please share your thoughts on the most useful features for this new kind of book by taking a brief online survey.

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Topics: EiE Resources for Teachers

Top Tips for Getting a STEM Grant

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 7/28/16 11:00 AM

Make your dream a reality
Make your dream a reality—get a grant to support your curriculum implementation!

Maybe you’ve had this frustrating experience: You’ve identified a curriculum that you’re excited about. You feel confident it will help your school meet STEM education goals AND it will be engaging for kids. But budgets are tight and there’s no funding to make it happen. This is
not the end of the story! Consider applying for
a grant.

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Topics: Scholarships and Awards

Five Sessions You Won’t Want to Miss at the NSTA STEM EXPO!

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 7/26/16 11:00 AM

NSTA STEM Forum Logo
See you at the NSTA STEM Forum!
The National Science Teachers Association holds its annual STEM Forum and Expo later this week in Denver. A team from Engineering is Elementary will be there, and we’d love to see you. Find us at booth #527 in the exhibit hall, and check out five sessions featuring hands-on EiE in-school and afterschool activities. Review the list below and mark your calendar today!

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Topics: Early Childhood STEM Education

Resources for K-5 Engineering Are Just a Click Away!

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 7/21/16 11:00 AM

Every Thursday on the EiE blog we bring you tips and resources for your engineering classroom.

Screenshot of where to find the resources
Click “Resources” to find loads of teaching tools.

Your EiE Teacher Guide offers more than just lesson plans; it has teaching tips, assessment, and other useful extras. Did you know the EiE website is also packed with handy resources that help you teach elementary engineering? With our latest web redesign, these helpful teaching tools are more find-able than ever! Just click the “EiE Resources” tab and let us take you on a tour . . .

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Topics: EiE Teaching Tips

Superfun for Summer: Seven Eco-themed Engineering Activities

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 7/19/16 11:00 AM

 

2016.07.19_Engineering_Everywhere_logo.jpgLooking to fill a spot on your summer camp calendar with some STEM enrichment? Here are seven superfun curriculum units from EiE's afterschool programs Engineering Adventures and Engineering Everywhere, all with a focus on protecting our planet! Lesson plans are FREE to download—just click the links below.

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Topics: Out-of-School time

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