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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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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Announcing New Snippets and Classroom Videos

Posted by Annie Whitehouse on 12/1/16 11:00 AM

behind the scenes-resized.jpgHere at EiE, we know that nothing compares to watching young engineers at work in your own classroom. So we strive to bring you the next best thing—a collection of videos that range from snippets that show short vignettes of engineering in action to in-depth classroom videos that take you through units in classrooms around the U.S., lesson by lesson. We’re happy to announce 14 new snippets and 2 new classroom videos featuring the units A Sticky Situation: Designing Walls and Now You’re Cooking: Designing Solar Ovens. 
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EiE Teacher Tip: Our How-To Videos Make Lesson Prep a Breeze!

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 9/29/16 11:00 AM

How-To Videos

A picture is worth a thousand words. A video is worth even more, when it saves you time and energy! That’s why Engineering is Elementary offers “How-To Videos”—short segments you can stream from our website. Each video walks you through some lesson prep for the unit you’ll be teaching.

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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.

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

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

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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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Engineering Supplies are Low Cost, Easy to Source

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 5/26/16 11:00 AM

Each Thursday on the EiE blog, we offer tips for teachers and answer your questions. 

2015.08.06_EiE_Materials_Kit_Parachutes-1Q. I'm a homeschool teacher and I can only afford the EiE Teacher Guide, not the Materials Kit. But I really want to teach EiE! Can I still use your curriculum?

A. Yes! EiE activities are designed to use easy-to-find, inexpensive materials. So it's easy (and inexpensive) to put together your own kit.

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Support ELA Instruction with EiE Storybook Illustrations

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 5/19/16 11:00 AM

Every Thursday on the blog we bring you teaching tips or news about resources you can use in your classroom

EiE storybooks set a context for elementary engineering activitiesEvery Engineering is Elementary (EiE) unit starts with a storybook that sets the context for the hands-on engineering design challenge. You can show the pictures to your students the conventional way, by holding up the book for everyone to see . . . but you can also download storybook illustrations from our website and project them on a screen or SmartBoard. Beyond the convenience of this approach, storybook illustrations are a terrific teaching tool for English Language Arts, and especially for the English Language Learners in your class.

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See How EiE Aligns to NGSS with EQuiP Rubrics

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 2/25/16 11:00 AM

Every Thursday on the EiE Blog, we bring you helpful teaching tips and new resources for your engineering classroom.

2015.12.17_Equip_logo.jpgRecently on the blog, we shared how EiE evaluators mapped our 20 elementary engineering curriculum units to state science standards and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). We’re not the only organization thinking about alignment to STEM standards. Achieve, a Washington, D.C.-based education non-profit that works with states to improve standards, has created its own “EQuiP" rubrics to measure how different curricula align to NGSS.

States that adopt NGSS will likely turn to tools such as the EQuiP rubrics as they make important decisions about STEM curriculum. With that in mind, our team has now assessed the EiE curriculum units using the EQuip rubrics. You can examine these rubrics on the “Connections to Standards” page of our website.

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Ask EiE: Alternate Lessons Explore "What is Technology?"

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 1/14/16 11:00 AM

2016.01.14_EiE_prep_lesson_Tech_in_a_Bag.jpgQ: My students are starting their second EiE unit. Do they have to work through the “What is Technology” activity again?

A: The answer is, “It depends!” All EiE units start with the prep lesson "Tech in a Bag" where students open “mystery bags” that contain different kinds of technologies. 

Examining low-tech items like socks and spoons helps students to expand their understanding of what the term "technology" means.

(WATCH THE "Tech in a Bag" VIDEO)

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