Next week, the EiE team is hitting the road to attend the NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) National Conference in Atlanta! We love conference season here at EiE—it’s a blast meeting educators, answering your burning questions, and finding out about the amazing things you’re doing in your own classrooms or districts. And when you come visit us at NSTA, you’re guaranteed to have fun and learn something new. Find our booth to get a first look at our upcoming early childhood curriculum, engage in some hands-on design challenges, and chat with our PD professionals. Read on to learn more about our booth and sessions at NSTA from March 16th–18th! We hope to see you there.
Tuesday, February 6
Did 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!
Thursday, February 1
Last 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.
Out-of-School time | EiE Teaching Tips | Monday, July 9
Real-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.
State 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.