Annie Whitehouse

Annie Whitehouse is a Communications Writer at EiE.

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3 New Real-World Connections for Afterschool Engineering

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 2/14/17 11:00 AM

young engineers testingHere at EiE, we’ve found that kids are most engaged with engineering when they’re working on problems that connect to their own lives. That’s why we designed our out-of-school-time curricula, Engineering Adventures and Engineering Everywhere, to guide them through the engineering design process as it applies to a real-world problem. We’ve already put together a list of additional real-world resources for each Engineering Adventures unit (Engineering Everywhere resources are under development!), but the EiE staff is always on the lookout for even more relevant content to help inspire your young engineers. Check out these compelling connections, share them with your kids, and show them that you can find engineering . . . everywhere!

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Topics: Out-of-School time

What Do You Learn at a Teacher Educator Institute?

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 2/9/17 11:00 AM

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One of EiE’s crowning achievements is our Professional Development (PD) program. Elementary educators who come into our workshops knowing almost nothing about engineering leave feeling like EiE experts. But as much as our PD staff would love to show every single teacher the best practices to implement EiE, they can’t be everywhere at once. So when a district or school needs to prepare many teachers to implement EiE and provide the long-term support they know their teachers need, they send their professional development providers to one of our Teacher Educator Institutes.

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Topics: Professional Development

5 EiE Units for Budding Civil Engineers

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 2/7/17 11:00 AM

budding-civil-engineer.jpgTeachers often tell us that kids gravitate towards engineering when they learn that engineers help people. EiE’s real-world connections are often focused on helping others, and our civil engineering units exemplify that. Civil engineering is an exciting field for kids to consider: they all have experience with buildings and infrastructure, and they may not be aware of the career opportunities available to civil engineers. As infrastructure in the United States ages, the need for skilled civil engineers increases—the US Department of Labor projects that the demand for civil engineers will increase 8% by 2024. These five in-school and out-of-school-time units could kick-start an interest in civil engineering for your kids, and show them how some innovative engineering can help countless people.

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Topics: EiE Resources for Teachers

Introducing the Getting Started Series!

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 1/26/17 11:00 AM

behindthescenes.jpgWhen you first sit down with an EiE binder or materials kit, it can feel overwhelming. There are prep lessons, assessments, storybooks, diagrams, student journals, and a seemingly random assortment of craft materials—it’s easy to start jumping from item to item and get lost in the shuffle. We’ve heard that feedback before, and that’s why our video team set out to create a set of four short clips that help you dive in to our in-school curriculum. If you’re brand new to EiE, the 10 minutes you’ll spend watching this set of videos will save you tons of time in the long run. If you’re an EiE pro, you might learn something new . . . and they’re fun to watch, too!

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Topics: EiE Resources for Teachers

Resources for Crosscurricular Integration

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 1/19/17 11:00 AM

We’ve talked a lot about multi-subject integration this month. Our January 11th EiEXchange session explored what makes integration between STEM subjects meaningful, and our January 31st webinar will explore integrating English language arts and engineering. If you’re interested in learning more about crosscurricular integration, we have a plethora of resources available on our website and in our blog. Here are a few resources to help you integrate engineering into other subject areas.

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Topics: EiE Teaching Tips

Real-World Connections: Black History Month

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

At EiE, we know that kids who develop engineering habits of mind see themselves as engineers. 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. It’s why our storybooks feature diverse characters from all over the globe. We believe that incorporating historical and cultural connections into engineering is a great way to make lessons relevant to kids in the classroom. If you’re an educator trying to help kids see themselves as engineers, consider taking some time this February, Black History Month, to introduce your kids to a few prominent black engineers who made important contributions to the field.

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Topics: EiE Resources for Teachers

Online PD Explores ELA Integration

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 1/12/17 11:21 AM

ost_webinar_6.23.16_5-2.jpgDid you know that each EiE unit was designed to support English Language Arts (ELA) instruction? Our curricula use a diverse
range of fiction and nonfiction video and print media as tools for setting the context for engineering challenges. This crosscurricular approach does more than help kids find meaningful real-world connections—it enhances learning across all subject areas. Join the EiE PD team on Tuesday, January 31st at 6:30 PM EST (3:30 PM PST) as they share their insights about ELA integration in the 60-minute interactive online PD session, “Integrating English Language Arts & Engineering in the Elementary Classroom.”

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Topics: Professional Development

Two New OST Units Explore Avalanche and Electrical Engineering

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 1/5/17 11:00 AM

peru-avalanche-image.jpgWe’re excited to announce that Engineering Adventures, our out-of-school-time (OST) curriculum for grades 3–5, has two new offerings available for download. A Slippery Slope: Engineering an Avalanche Protection System explores the field of avalanche engineering as kids try to engineer a system that protects a model village from an avalanche, and Light Up the Night: An Electrical Engineering Challenge challenges kids to become electrical engineers and create a light display that mimics the Northern Lights.

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You’re Invited: EiE Online PD Investigates Meaningful Integration

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 1/3/17 11:00 AM

Have you ever taught an integrated engineering lesson that is so engaging, it encourages even the most ardent math-hater in your classroom to complete some challenging calculations without a word of complaint? Integration between STEM subjects can be incredibly valuable to young learners when it’s done in a meaningful way. But what defines meaningful integration? Join the EiE PD team on January 11th at 6 PM EST as they explore this question in the 90-minute interactive online PD session, “Investigating What Makes Integration Between STEM Subjects Meaningful.”

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Topics: Professional Development

Happy New Year!

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 12/29/16 11:00 AM


The EiE Team would like to thank you all for a wonderful 2016. We've loved hearing your inspiring engineering stories, and we can't wait to show you all of the exciting projects we've been working on this year. One of the highlights of our year was receiving Presenter's Choice and Viewer's Choice honors at the 2016 NSF STEM for All Video Showcase. We're proud of this video because it encapsulates so much of what we love about EiE.

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Topics: Profiles