Top 7 Tips for Getting a STEM Grant

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

Make your dream a reality

Maybe you’ve had this frustrating experience: You’ve identified a curriculum that you’re excited about. You feel confident it will help your school meet STEM education goals AND it will be engaging for kids. But budgets are tight and there’s no funding to make it happen. This is
not the end of the story! Consider applying for
a grant.

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Topics: Scholarships and Awards

Collaboration Brings Classroom Engineering to Boston Public Schools

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 2/23/16 11:00 AM

Teachers celebrating their design
Teachers from Curley K–8 School celebrate completing an EiE design challenge.

This week is National Engineers Week, an event that aims to get more kids interested in engineering careers. So it couldn't be a better time to announce a new collaboration between the Museum of Science and the Boston-based risk-modelling firm AIR Worldwide (AIR) that will bring the Engineering is Elementary curriculum to six elementary schools in the Boston Public Schools (BPS) system.

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San Antonio Museum Brings Hands-on EiE PD to Local Teachers

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 2/9/16 11:00 AM

Exterior Picture of The DoSeum
The DoSeum in San Antonio emphasizes hands-on learning.
Last summer the San Antonio Children's Museum, a beloved local institution, moved into a new space—described by the San Antonio Current as a "singular looking complex with Mad Max vibes." It also took a new name, The DoSeum (pronounced "Do - See - um"), to reflect a new emphasis on getting visitors to engage and do, not just look around. It opened new exhibits like "Innovation Station," focused on the engineering design process. And it set a new goal: To serve as a bridge connecting formal and informal STEM education efforts in the city. We're excited and honored to share that The DoSeum will use the Engineering is Elementary curriculum to aid in their efforts.

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Topics: Scholarships and Awards

New EiE PD Scholarships Reach Rural Schools, ELL Teachers

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 1/19/16 11:00 AM

2016.01.19_Teachers_at_EiE_workshop.jpgHere at Engineering is Elementary we’re constantly brainstorming: “How ELSE can we support elementary teachers as they teach science and engineering?” Recently we decided to reinvest $200,000 from our project funds for a new round of professional development scholarships . . .  and today we’re delighted to announce the names (below) of 100 elementary teachers from 24 states who will receive the first awards under the new program.

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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 eie.org 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

Engineering Award Recognizes EiE Has the Power to Inspire

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 12/1/15 10:28 AM

IEEE_Christine Cunningham_Vanessa Ford.jpgWe’re thrilled to share that our founder and director Christine Cunningham, Ph.D. has been recognized for her work in engineering education with a national award.

On Nov. 20, 2016, she accepted the Pre-University Educator Award from the Educational Activities Board of IEEE, a professional organization for engineers and scientists and the world’s largest professional association working to advance technology for the benefit of humanity.

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Teachers Wanted! EiE Launches NEW Scholarship Program

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 11/17/15 11:00 AM

three teachers build a tower at an EiE professional development workshop.We’re very pleased to announce that we're investing in a new opportunity for elementary educators who want to integrate engineering into their classroom instruction: the first-ever EiE Scholarships.

Applications are being accepted now through Dec. 16th  2015 for the first round of awards; we’ll announce the recipients in late January 2016.

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Oracle Scholarships Bring Much-needed STEM PD to MA Teachers

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 9/1/15 11:00 AM

2015.09.01_Oracle_EiE_TowerPowerOn a sunny day this past August, the Engineering is Elementary (EiE) classroom at the Museum of Science, Boston was filled with laughter as elementary teachers from schools across Massachusetts tested the tabletop towers they'd built from index cards. Could such lightweight constructions support a small stuffed animal?

The exercise was one component of “Everyone Engineers,” a workshop that introduces educators to the EiE curriculum. We host similar workshops all year round, but this one was special: All of the participants were here as scholarship recipients, selected through a competitive process to receive everything they needed to implement EiE in their classrooms . . . including this professional development experience.

The 20 scholarships awarded this summer were made possible thanks to a grant from the technology company Oracle to the Museum’s National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®), where EiE is based. [For a complete list of Oracle - EiE scholarship recipients, click HERE.]

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100Kin10 Builds a Community of "STEM Problem-Solvers"

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 8/14/15 11:00 AM

2015.08.04_100Kin10Engineering is Elementary’s engineering design process (ASK-IMAGINE-PLAN-CREATE-IMPROVE) guides young children through hands-on problem solving.  Now we’re using the same process to help solve a critical problem in America today: the need for engineering instruction in K – 12 classrooms

A Museum of Science, Boston team that includes three EiE staff members is one of 12 groups selected for the first annual 100Kin10 Fellowship Program. The initiative aims to create a community of problem-solvers who will find new ways to bring engineering education to more elementary, middle, and high schools across the country.  

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Oracle Grant Brings Classroom Engineering to MA Elementary Teachers

Posted by Cynthia Berger on 6/30/15 11:00 AM

Recent changes in Massachusetts academic standards mean that teachers in the state will be integrating more engineering content and practices with the science lessons they teach.This new expectation for STEM instruction can be uncomfortable for elementary teachers, who don’t usually take engineering coursework as part of their teacher preparation.

A recent grant to the Museum of Science, Boston by the information technology company Oracle will help 20 Massachusetts educators boost their classroom engineering skills as they learn to use the award-winning Engineering is Elementary curriculum, developed at the Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy®

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