On June 23rd, members of our leadership team, Jill Olson and Heather Gunsallus, hosted an incredible webinar for STEM educators on edWeb. Their presentation, Hands-on and Virtual: STEM Learning from a Distance, covered some of our ongoing research on the impact of hands-on learning for students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as examples for adapting STEM topics for distance learning.
Equity and access are more than pillars of our curriculum; they are our calls to action. As educators and parents, there is more we all can do to bring awareness of anti-racism in our communities, and with our children, and so we’ve worked to find space to just listen as we ask ourselves one question:
Monday, December 23
From everyone here at EiE, thank you for making 2019 a terrific year. We have loved hearing your stories, seeing your learners discover their inner engineer, and seeing you connect and share ideas with each other!
This year, we were honored to receive a CODiE Award for Best PreK/Early Childhood Learning Solution for our Wee Engineer curriculum, we worked with Questacon to bring EiE to classrooms across Australia, and we released a new, NASA-themed Engineering Adventures unit. Behind the scenes, we have been hard at work developing new EiE experiences that will help you develop your learners' STEM identity—and even engage their families in the engineering fun!
Profiles | EiE Teaching Tips | Implementing EiE | Engineering Everywhere | Create a Generation of Problem Solvers | STEM Implementation | Thursday, October 31
Solving food scarcity. Preventing viral outbreaks. Designing buildings to withstand natural disasters. Through Engineering Adventures and Engineering Everywhere, learners across the country have proposed unique, data-driven solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. These flexible curricula were tested in afterschool and summer programs, but classroom educators across the country have been implementing them into their STEM instruction for years. Just ask Camie Walker, the Utah educator who was featured on our blog in 2016 for her incredible work with the Engineering Adventures unit Shake Things Up: Engineering Earthquake-Resistant Buildings. She chose units from EiE’s flexible curricula because she loves creating opportunities for learners to connect what they’re learning to the world around them and to follow their STEM interests and passions.
We sat down with Walker to learn how she uses flexible curricula to foster an inquiry-based, globally focused culture in her classroom that leads to plenty of real-world connections, and even the chance to perform with a Mythbuster!
Profiles | Implementing EiE | Engineering for All | Create a Generation of Problem Solvers | STEM Implementation | Wednesday, October 16
It’s a groundbreaking year for Battle Ground Elementary School in Battle Ground, Indiana. For the first time, teachers across all grade levels will be using EiE. For many of them, EiE will be brand new, but they have experts in their midst: principal John Pearl and veteran fifth-grade science educator Diane Lehman have been championing EiE for 10 years. In the past decade, they’ve seen how EiE sets learners up for success in later grades, levels the playing field, and opens the doors for exciting real-world connections. Now, they’re ready to share everything they’ve learned with the educators in their school and across their district, so they can help even more learners discover their STEM identity.