Sounds Like Fun: Peek Into a Class Where Kids Are Acoustic Engineers!

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 4/28/16 11:00 AM

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Sounds Like Fun engages kids in designing their own system of sound notation.

You know how inspiring it is to watch an exemplary teacher engage every student in the classroom. EiE Classroom Videos give you that experience. These concise productions show you a condensed version of each EiE lesson in about 10 minutes. Watch a skilled teacher make connections between science and engineering, deal with challenges on the fly, and deploy effective teaching strategies.

Today we’re thrilled to announce the release of four Classroom Videos for the unit Sounds Like Fun: Seeing Animal Sounds. If you’re teaching this unit, you’ll definitely want to take a peek at these videos.

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10 Million Served!

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 4/5/16 11:00 AM

10 Million students reached!

10 million of anything is a lot, and a landmark to celebrate. This past year, for example, Chevrolet turned out its 10 millionth Malibu, New York’s CitiBikes celebrated 10 million rides, and Apple Music hit 10 million subscribers. Here at Engineering is Elementary, we’re celebrating a really meaningful landmark. Our award-winning curriculum has reached 10 million students!

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Take a Deep Dive into EiE's “Submersibles” Unit with New Videos

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 3/24/16 11:00 AM

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For a lively introduction to the Engineering is Elementary unit Taking the Plunge: Designing Submersibles, check out the newest set of Classroom Videos on the EiE website.

Four short videos—one for each lesson in the unit—show an exemplary teacher who keeps students breathlessly engaged as they explore the work of ocean engineers and the science concepts of density, mass, and volume.

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Ask EiE: Can I Use EiE as a Middle School Curriculum?

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 2/4/16 11:00 AM

Each Thursday on the EiE blog, we answer your questions or offer handy teacher tips.

Q: I want my middle schoolers to do some engineering. Will the Engineering is Elementary curriculum work for me?

A: The short answer is, "Possibly!"

Even though EiE's design is based on research on what "works" for STEM education for grades 1–5, we often hear from teachers who are using EiE units in their middle school classrooms with great success . . . not to mention kindergarten and high school!

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Ask EiE: Do my student engineers HAVE to work in teams?

Posted by Chantal Balesdent on 11/12/15 11:00 AM

Every Thursday on the EiE Blog, we bring you tips and tricks that help you teach your best.

A team of happy teachers at an EiE workshop.During every Engineering is Elementary (EiE) professional development workshop, we ask teachers to wear their “Student Hats” while they work through the hands-on engineering activities, just the way their students will. Afterwards, they put on their “Teacher Hats” to reflect on the experience. Recently, during the “Teacher Hat” debrief, one teacher raised her hand, looking concerned. “Do my students HAVE to work in teams?” she asked. “I think there’ll be too many behavior issues. It will detract from the content of the lessons.”

Great question. SHOULD you allow your students to work through EiE activities independently?

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Alabama Invests in STEM, Brings EiE to Schools Across the State

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

AMSTI logoA recent study by the business data company WalletHub ranked Alabama one of the worst states in the nation for quality of K-12 education.

The state has been working hard to change that, though, notably with a plan to improve STEM education through America’s largest and most comprehensive math and science program, the $30-million Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative, or AMSTI.  

Recently, we learned that Engineering is Elementary will be part of this initiative, and in a big way. Alabama just adopted new science standards that include engineering practices . . . and EiE was selected as a resource that can help schools meet those standards.

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“Free-Range Teaching” is a Smart STEM Strategy

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 10/8/15 11:00 AM

Two elementary students consider a wiring diagram.The phenomenon called free-range parenting is making news these days. It’s a hands-off approach—the opposite of so-called helicopter parenting. Free-range parents let their kids take reasonable risks and figure things out for themselves; for example, walking to school unescorted, riding public transportation ditto, or (after some safety instruction) building things using sharp tools.

Come to think of it, free range is how most parents parented for most of the 20th century . . . but in our modern times, this approach can be controversial. For a variety of reasons, many parents (and teachers) prefer tighter control at home (and in the classroom). But in the elementary engineering classroom, free-range teaching is a highly effective strategy.

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FL Teacher Conference Focuses on STEM Achievement

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 10/6/15 11:00 AM

Logo of Florida Association of Science Teachers 2015 ConferenceLater this month, the Florida Association of Science Teachers (FAST) will hold its annual conference in Orlando. The conference theme is “Capitalizing on STEM:  Translating the Promise of STEM into Student Achievement,” and the conference organizers promise a comprehensive overview of the K-12 practices that support successful STEM learning.

Engineering is Elementary, the award-winning K - 5 curriuculum, will be represented at the FAST conference! Visit Judy Campbell in booth #4 in the exhibit hall; she’s looking forward to meeting you and answering your questions about how hands-on engineering supports learning in ALL subjects . . .  and develops 21st century skills like creativity and collaboration.

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Science Scores Soar When Kids Engineer

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 9/29/15 11:00 AM

Logo of Jefferson County Public Schools, KYThe State of Kentucky only recently put programs in place to close the “achievement gap” for minority, low-income, and English Language Learner students. Which means, this goal didn’t exist when the educators at Tully Elementary, a Jefferson County school in suburban Louisville, first started to implement the Engineering is Elementary curriculum five years ago.

in the meantime Kentucky has also adopted a new assessment system. And Tully educators have been delighted to see how adding elementary engineering to the curriculum is already making a difference for what they call their “gap kids.”

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EiE Selected (Again) for Iowa STEM Scale-Up

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 7/28/15 11:00 AM

2015.07.28_Iowa_STEM“Greatness STEMS from Iowans.” That’s the slogan of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, which works to promote STEM education, innovation, and careers across the state. One of the Council’s ambitious initiatives is the Iowa STEM Scale-Up program, launched in 2012 to promote interest and achievement in STEM for K – 12 students across the state by giving educators greater access to exemplary STEM curricula—and to the professional development needed for successful implementation.

Here at EiE, we were thrilled to learn that for the fourth year in a row, our flagship elementary engineering curriculum has been selected for the STEM Scale-Up. In all, fourteen curricula were selected.

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