Meet Our Team

Our talented team of curriculum developers, educational researchers, and professional development facilitators is working to put the “E” in K8 STEM education

Dr. Christine M. Cunningham, EiE Founding Director 

Christine’s work focuses on one key question: How can the teaching of engineering and science change so that it benefits and includes diverse populations? Before launching EiE in 2003, she was director of engineering education research at Tufts University; she also directed the first national longitudinal study of the factors that help women persist in college engineering majors. She published a book, Engineering in Elementary STEM Education, and her work has been honored with numerous awards, including the prestigious Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education. Christine holds joint bachelor's and master's degrees in biology from Yale University and a Ph.D. in science education from Cornell University.
Short Biography  |  Curriculum Vitae


Dr. Cathy Lachapelle, Director of Research and Evaluation 

Cathy leads the EiE team responsible for assessment and evaluation of our curricula. This includes the design and field-testing of assessment instruments and research on how children use EiE materials. Cathy is particularly interested in how collaborative interaction and scaffolded experiences with disciplinary practices help children learn science, math, and engineering. Her work on other STEM education research projects includes the national Women's Experiences in College Engineering (WECE) study. Cathy received her S.B. in cognitive science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her Ph.D. in educational psychology from Stanford University.


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