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

Systems Thinking is an Engineering Habit of Mind

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 1/10/17 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

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

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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

The Engineering is Elementary Teacher Guide: A Deeper Look

Posted by Whitney Rosa on 12/22/16 11:00 AM

We’ve talked before about what EiE looks like in the classroom and we offer a wide variety of videos that bring EiE to life. One topic we have not spent time talking about is our teacher guides. You may find yourself wondering what the guide looks like or how it will support you as you work with your students. To answer those questions (and more) we’re going to take a look through “A Long Way Down: Designing Parachutes”. While these examples all come from our Designing Parachutes guide, remember that all EiE units include these great features!

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What We’ve Been Working on in 2016

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 12/15/16 11:00 AM

working-on-resized.jpgIt has been an eventful year for EiE, and we’re showing no signs of slowing down! When we weren’t busy presenting at conferences, delivering PD across the country and internationally, pilot testing, and compiling results from our E4 study, we spent our time developing new OST units, Pre-K and Kindergarten curricula, and online professional development resources. In case you missed it, here’s a peek at all of the exciting things we’ve been working on this year!

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Topics: EiE Resources for Teachers

Four Timely Real-World Connections for Afterschool Engineering

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 12/13/16 11:00 AM

shaketable-resized.jpgIn our afterschool curricula, Engineering Adventures and Engineering Everywhere, we strive to emphasize real-world connections that make engineering feel relevant to youth. You can always find articles, videos, and books on each unit’s resource page, but our staff is constantly finding new viral videos and articles that relate to our units. Here are four resources that will show your kids that engineering is all around them, and is constantly changing the world.

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Topics: Out-of-School time

EiE Superstars of 2016

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 12/8/16 11:00 AM

When we develop EiE curricula, we hope that educators will be inspired to take engineering learning to the next level. Every year, we are blown away by the stories we hear about the creative and unexpected ways that educators implement and build upon our curricula. From creating dances based on simple machines to inspiring students to help kids in crisis, here are the stories of a small sample of the many superstar educators who exemplify the values of EiE.

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Topics: Profiles