Annie Whitehouse

Annie Whitehouse is a Communications Writer at EiE.

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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

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

You're Invited to a Special STEM Video Showcase!

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 5/15/17 11:00 AM

The National Science Foundation (NSF)’s third annual “STEM for ALL Video Showcase” opens today, and you’re invited. This event is like the Sundance Film Festival for STEM education research: it includes more than 170 NSF-supported projects, all sharing short videos that showcase their work in STEM education. We submitted a production by our talented videography team. There’s a “people’s choice” award. So please visit, view, and vote!

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Congrats, Christine!: EiE Director Wins Esteemed McGraw Hill Award

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 5/9/17 11:00 AM

CC McGraw horizontal.pngWe have exciting news to share: our founder and director, Christine Cunningham, has been awarded a Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education—one of the most prestigious awards in the field! Christine is being 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.” Christine has worked tirelessly to bring engineering education into elementary classrooms for the past 14 years, and we’re thrilled that she’s receiving this well-deserved recognition.

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Congratulations to Our Spring Scholarship Recipients!

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 4/27/17 11:00 AM

AH0A1701.jpgOur team is always looking for more ways to support elementary science and elementary teachers. We listen closely to teachers, and we hear them express their need for financial support to underwrite the costs of professional development and materials. So we are pleased to invest some of our project funds in a new round of professional development scholarships . . . and today we’re delighted to announce the names of 49 elementary teachers from 21 states who will receive awards!

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Singing Along With Preschool Engineers

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 4/18/17 11:15 AM

PreK-EDP-resized.jpgEven before we began designing our preschool curriculum, Wee Engineer, we knew that we would have to create new activities, different context-setting tools, and even a new Engineering Design Process (EDP). But we never thought we’d be trying our hand at songwriting! At EiE, we have a very involved curriculum development process. We meet with teachers and specialists and learn what works in the classroom. During an early Wee Engineer focus group, a teacher suggested setting the steps of the EDP to music with accompanying dance moves, because it would help teachers reinforce the vocabulary with their kids. The other teachers enthusiastically agreed, and they convinced us that an EDP Song would enhance the curriculum and get kids excited about the process they were engaging in. Never to be intimidated, our curriculum team got together to figure how to engineer the perfect EDP song.

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Topics: Early Childhood STEM Education

Free Literacy Resources for Your Engineering Classroom

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 4/13/17 11:00 AM

AH0A5329.jpgYou probably know EiE engineering curriculum aligns with the science curriculum you already teach. But did you know that we designed our curriculum to support literacy instruction as well? We believe that literacy resources, like our context-setting storybooks, enhance all of our units—for instance, students are engaged and excited about designing a maglev transportation system after they read our engineering story about Hikaru, a young boy designing a technology to help his family’s toy store. And when students take on the roles of farmers and bugs in a play about pest control, they’ll feel immersed in the world of agriculture and ready to design hand pollinators. Because we know literacy learning and engineering instruction can go hand in hand, we’ve designed additional educator resources for educators who want to strengthen the literacy connections in their classrooms and/or afterschool programs. In honor of National Library Week, we wanted to share some with you!

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