EiE Accepting Applications for Professional Development Scholarships

Both elementary teachers and teacher educators may apply


Ellen Daoust, Museum of Science
EiE scholarship recipients engineered knee braces at a March 2016 workshop.
Wednesday, March 16, 2016

BOSTON, Mass. — The Museum of Science, Boston is accepting applications for professional development scholarships that help elementary educators integrate engineering into classroom instruction. This is the second round of scholarships offered under a new $200,000 scholarship initiative, launched this past fall, that aims to bring the award-winning Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) curriculum, developed at the Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®), to high-needs schools nationwide.

“We are very excited to offer elementary educators the Museum's own scholarship program,” says Museum president and director Ioannis Miaoulis. “It will build on the impact of successful corporate-funded EiE scholarship programs, such as one established by Raytheon in 2011, and greatly expand our ability to bring engineering to more teachers and students across the country.”

The EiE scholarship program made its first awards to a total of 100 educators in January 2016.

“We were gratified by strong response to the initial scholarship offering and recently welcomed the first recipients at a professional development workshop here in Boston," says EiE director and Museum vice president Christine Cunningham. “We’re so pleased to continue the program and reach even more teachers.”

EiE scholarships give each recipient a complete classroom set of EiE curriculum materials plus tuition and travel support to attend a two-day, hands-on EiE teacher professional development workshop at the Museum in Boston. The first round of scholarships gave preference to elementary teachers in rural areas and those who work with English Language Learners. For this round of scholarships, both classroom teachers and teacher educators (including STEM coordinators, science specialists, and STEM professional development providers) are encouraged to apply.

Elementary teachers rarely have much experience with engineering, yet in many states they must now adjust curricula to address new academic standards that put unprecedented emphasis on the "E" in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. “When we ask teachers who are new to engineering how they feel about it, the word we hear most often is ‘terrified,’” says Chantal Balesdent, who heads the EiE Scholarships initiative. “Our professional development workshops are expressly designed to help teachers build content knowledge, learn effective pedagogical strategies for teaching engineering, become familiar with the curriculum materials, and head back to their classrooms feeling confident and well-prepared.”

The EiE scholarship program is now accepting applications. Scholarship recipients will be announced in May 2016.

Affordable, inquiry-based, and research tested, the EiE curriculum is the nation's most widely used engineering curriculum for students in grades 1–5; it has reached schools in all 50 states and is used statewide in Delaware, district wide in locations including Baltimore, Washington, DC, and Minneapolis, and in military schools under DoDEA. To date, EiE has reached an estimated 10 million students.

About the Museum of Science, Boston

One of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces over 1.4 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum is the nation's first science center with a comprehensive strategy and infrastructure to foster technological literacy in museums and schools nationwide. In 2015, its NCTL received the National Science Board's Public Service Award, NCTL curricula have reached 9.5 million students and 104,000 teachers.  The Museum's 10,000-square-foot Hall of Human Life draws on the latest discoveries in the life sciences to engage visitors in their own biology and health. Other highlights include The Science Behind Pixar (through Jan 10, 2016), the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, Butterfly Garden and 4-D Theater. Reaching over 20,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, the Museum also leads a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. Visit http://www.mos.org. Follow the Museum of Science on Twitter at @MuseumOfScience or Facebook at www.facebook.com/museumofscience.




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