Engineering Rockets and Rovers? Extend Your Kids' Learning—and Fun!

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 9/15/16 11:00 AM

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Teachers tell us that their students sometimes get so inspired by an engineering design challenge, they want to do MORE than the lessons call for. This is a good problem to have! Here’s a plan to extend STEM learning when you teach Liftoff: Engineering Rockets and Rovers, a popular unit from Engineering Adventures, the EiE curriculum for elementary out-of-school time programs.  

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Topics: Out-of-School time

Baltimore Program Embraces “It Takes a Village” Approach to STEM Ed

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 8/23/16 11:00 AM

A few years ago, Baltimore educators and researchers launched an innovative STEM program for elementary students. One goal was to get parents engaged in their students’ STEM learning; another was to connect STEM learning to real-world issues in the local community. This focus on local connections is how Engineering Adventures, the out-of-school-time curriculum developed by Engineering is Elementary, came to be part of the “STEM Achievement in Baltimore Elementary Schools” project—SABES for short.

Watch a short video about the SABES project

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Topics: Out-of-School time

Make Mongolian Music Louder on Your Next “Engineering Adventure”

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 7/14/16 11:00 AM

Cover of Music to My Ears educator guide
Travel to Mongolia on your next Engineering Adventure!

India and Jacob are off on another adventure! In the latest installment of “Engineering Adventures,” our afterschool curriculum for grades 3–5, the globe-trotting duo is posting reports from Mongolia, where they’re attending Naadam, a traditional festival featuring wrestling, archery, horseback riding, and music. But there’s a problem: the festival loudspeakers aren’t loud enough. Can the intrepid duo engineer an amplifier to save the day? The kids in your out-of-school-time program are invited to help!

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Topics: Out-of-School time

Fun “Flashcards” App Helps Kids Learn About Technology

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 6/23/16 11:00 AM

Technology Flashcards on the App Store
Entertaining and educational! Get it in the App Store.

For a modern take on old-fashioned flashcards, check out “Technology Flashcards,” the Engineering is Elementary iOS app. This digital game makes learning about technology and engineering fun for elementary-school-aged children. If you have access to a set of iPads for your classroom or summer camp, try it and see!

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Topics: Out-of-School time

Try It This Summer: Engineer a Timekeeping Device

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 6/16/16 11:00 AM


Here’s a STEM activity for summer camp that’s literally timely! It’s About Time is a curriculum unit that’s all about timekeeping; it’s also one of the newest offerings from Engineering Everywhere (EE), the out-of-school-time curriculum for middle schoolers developed here at Engineering is Elementary.

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Topics: Out-of-School time

Vermont Afterschool Wants to Send More Kids on Engineering Adventures

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 5/24/16 11:00 AM

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“Full STEM Ahead!” That’s the title of a recent Afterschool Alliance report on how afterschool programs can support in-school STEM learning. One organization that has fully embraced the rallying cry is Vermont Afterschool. Last year, the statewide organization landed a $120,000 grant from the Noyce Foundation for “afterschool and STEM system-building strategies.” A key component, says Tracy Truzansky, Vermont Afterschool’s project manager for training/STEM initiatives, is encouraging wider use of the EiE afterschool curricula Engineering Adventures and Engineering Everywhere.

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Topics: Out-of-School time

Seven Superfun Engineering Challenges for Environmental Education Week

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 4/21/16 11:00 AM

Every Thursday on the EiE blog, we share tips and resources for K–8 engineering educators.

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Topics: Out-of-School time

New York City Program Targets Young Engineers

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 4/19/16 11:00 AM

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WATCH: NYC DDC “Young Engineers” introduces middle schoolers to hands-on engineering.

“Building for You.” That’s the slogan of New York City’s Department of Design and Construction, which builds the civic facilities city dwellers use every day, from cultural institutions to police precincts to roads, sidewalks, and sewer systems. The agency employs hundreds of engineers, and city officials are thinking ahead to the next generation; recently, DDC launched the “Young Engineers” program with the goal of inspiring students to consider careers in the built environment.  At the center of this initiative is a middle-school afterschool program that uses Engineering is Elementary’s “Engineering Everywhere” curriculum.  This short video shows some of the exciting outcomes!

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Topics: Out-of-School time

Engineering in Afterschool? These Resources Help Kids Pursue a Passion

Posted by Owen Berliner on 4/14/16 11:00 AM

Every Thursday, the blog brings you tips and resources for teaching engineering. Today’s guest blogger is Owen Berliner, a senior curriculum designer with EiE.

India and Jacob, the engineering duo, doing some engineering

We notice that sometimes kids in afterschool just can’t get enough of the topics covered in EiE’s Engineering Adventures (EA) curriculum. Whether it’s planetary science in Liftoff: Engineering Rockets and Rovers, or conservation in Go Green: Engineering Recycled Racers, it helps to have a list of extra resources that can further engage students—and foster deeper understanding of how engineering connects to subjects like science and social studies.

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Topics: Out-of-School time

Teacher Tip: Simulate an Earthquake with Easy-to-Make “Shake Table”

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 4/7/16 11:00 AM

Every Thursday on the EiE blog we offer teaching tips or free resources

EA's Earthquakes unit

This week’s engineering teacher tip is for out-of-school-time educators who use Engineering Adventures (EA), our elementary afterschool curriculum—specifically the unit Shake Things Up: Engineering Earthquake-Resistant Buildings. This unit introduces kids to the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010; the challenge is to engineer a model building that can withstand a quake.

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Topics: Out-of-School time, EiE Teaching Tips