Library Association Showcases Online EiE Educator Resources

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 12/29/15 11:00 AM

2015.12.29_AASL_Best_Website.jpgThe EiE website underwent a major redesign in 2014 . . .  and educators noticed! This past June the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) named a 2015 “Best Website for Teaching & Learning.” As part of the award, AASL sponsors a series of webinars so you can learn more about each site. Registration for the EiE webinar is now open.

The hour-long session is scheduled for Weds. February 3rd, 2016 at 5 PM Eastern. It’s free and open to the public, but only the first 100 registrants are guaranteed a spot. So if you’re interested, register today!  

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Topics: EiE Resources for Teachers, Scholarships and Awards, Professional Development

Ask EiE: Do EiE Curriculum Units Align with State Standards?

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 12/10/15 11:00 AM

Each Thursday on the EiE Blog, we answer your questions or offer teaching tips for your engineering classroom.

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Topics: EiE Resources for Teachers

New "EiE Video Snippets" Let You Peek Inside the Engineering Classroom

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 12/8/15 3:18 PM

2015.12.08_EiE_Video_Snippets.jpgEngineering is Elementary is pleased to announce a new set of online resources for K–12 engineering educators: EiE Video Snippets. This collection of short videos can be used in three ways:

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Topics: EiE Resources for Teachers

Spotlight on K - 12 STEM Education in Massachusetts

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 10/27/15 11:00 AM

November is a busy month for anyone who cares about STEM education in Massachusetts!

Logo of Massachusetts Association of Science TeachersOn Friday, Nov. 6, the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers holds its annual conference in Boxborough, MA. EiE will be there; you’re invited to join professional development provider Nicole O’Neil at 8am on Nov. 6th for a session titled “Uniting Engineering and Science: Engineering Design Challenges that Inspire Inquiry.” She’ll take you through an EiE activity where you design a model maglev train.

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Topics: EiE Resources for Teachers

Boost Science Learning in Your K - 5 Classroom with Multimedia Resources from EiE

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 10/15/15 11:00 AM

We asked elementary teachers who were already using the Engineering is Elementary curriculum, “What other resources would help you teach your best?” You said you’d like links to additional online resources about the science topics connected to each engineering unit.

Students get really engaged when they’re learning science and engineering . . . and once they get excited about how maglev trains work, or how to protect the environment by cleaning up an oil spill, they naturally want to learn more. But you don’t have time to research the most interesting, age-appropriate short videos and interactives. So our team has done that work for you.

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Topics: EiE Resources for Teachers

EiE Outreach Toolkit Helps Teachers Spread the Word!

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 10/13/15 11:00 AM

Which EiE teacher are you?

  • The Engineering is Elementary Outreach Toolkit has loads of resources.You need to make a presentation. You just learned about EiE, and you want to encourage your school to adopt the curriculum
  • You need funding. You’re already using EiE, but other teachers at your school are interested. The budget is tight! How can you acquire more curriculum units and materials kits? 
  • You need to get the word out with a press release. Maybe you’re rolling out EiE in a big way! Or you’re having a STEM event where students will display their engineering projects. 

For all of these scenarios, we’ve got resources to help. We hope you’ll share this toolkit with colleagues who may want to bring EiE to their schools.

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Topics: EiE Resources for Teachers

Download EiE Storybook Illustrations and Support ELA Instruction

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 9/10/15 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. And every storybook has 15 or more illustrations. During a read-aloud, you can show pictures to your students the conventional way, by holding up the book for everyone to see, or by having students follow along in their own copies. Did you know that storybook illustrations are ALSO available to download on our website? You can use a computer/projector or Smart Board to show illustrations on the big screen as you read the story.

Beyond the convenience and excitement of this approach, storybook illustrations are a terrific teaching tool for English Language Arts, and especially for the English Language Learners in your class. Stories appeal to all kids, regardless of cultural background, interests, or learning style. Instead of reading a storybook word for word, project the illustrations while you retell the story at a language level that’s appropriate for your students. Or, print them out to use in classroom activities.

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Topics: EiE Resources for Teachers, Engineering and English Language Arts, EiE Teaching Tips

New EiE Videos Demonstrate Biomedical Engineering for Kids

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 9/3/15 11:00 AM

Every Thursday on the EiE blog, we share tips or resources for classroom teachers.

2015.09.03_EiE_Kids_and_Knee_BracesDo you teach the Engineering is Elementary unit “No Bones About It: Designing Knee Braces”? Great news: We’ve just added a complete set of Classroom Videos for this unit to our online EiE video library!

Whether you’re new to teaching EiE, or an experienced elementary engineering teacher who wants to brush up on the unit before you teach it this semester, our online videos are a great resource. They let you what see what each lesson looks like in a real classroom.

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New PreK – K Engineering Curriculum in the Works at EiE!

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 8/18/15 11:00 AM

2015.08.18_EiE_PreK-K_play_dough_2In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama charged Congress with making high-quality pre-school available for every child in the country. High-quality preschools have well-trained teachers, small class sizes, and a rigorous curriculum . . . and with regard to curriculum, the National Science Teachers Association strongly advocates for preschool instruction in science and engineering.

That raises a challenge: engineering curricula designed for very young children are so rare as to be almost non-existent. With this need in mind, the EiE project starts work this fall on a new engineering curriculum for ages 3 to 5.

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Topics: EiE Resources for Teachers

Do I Have to Buy the Engineering Kit? Here's How to DIY

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 8/6/15 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. Our district will allow us to purchase EiE Teacher Guides, but not the Materials Kits. I really want to teach EiE! Can I still use your curriculum?

A. Yes! When we designed each curriculum unit, we deliberately created activities that call for easy-to-find, inexpensive materials so you can put together your own kit.

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Topics: EiE Resources for Teachers, EiE Teaching Tips