EiE Director to Speak to New York City Teachers


Thursday, April 2, 2015

BOSTON, March 21, 2015: Engineering is Elementary (EiE) founder and director Christine Cunningham will be the keynote speaker at a STEM Institute for New York City teachers on April 7. The three-day institute is part of a larger initiative, supported with $3.2 million in funding from the GE Foundation, to provide enhanced STEM professional development and career education instruction to K – 12 teachers in the city. About 200 teachers will attend the institute.

STEM education is an approach to learning that integrates four disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) in relevant learning experiences for students. “Rigorous STEM programs have a tremendous ability to engage our students and prepare them for success in college and careers,” said Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña.

“EiE was developed with just those goals in mind: To increase interest and confidence in engineering for all students, including those from underrepresented groups,” says Cunningham. “We also find that students who learn with EiE also perform significantly better on questions about engineering, technology, and science.”

Cunningham’s keynote address will explain how instruction in engineering supports learning in science and integrates with instruction in core subjects such as English Languages arts and math. The presentation will feature candid short videos, shot in classrooms across the country, that help educators see what hands-on engineering looks like at the elementary level. In addition to the keynote, EiE professional development facilitators will  lead a hands-on workshop that introduces teachers to the curriculum.

Engineering is Elementary was developed by the Museum of Science, Boston at its National Center for Technological Literacy® with support from the National Science Foundation. The award-winning curriculum has reached 7 million students and is used in every state and the District of Columbia.

About the Museum of Science, Boston

The Museum of Science, Boston is the nation's first science museum with a comprehensive strategy and infrastructure to foster technological literacy in science museums and schools nationwide. NCTL curricula have reached an estimated 7.3 million students and 81,300 teachers. One of the world's largest science centers and New England's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces about 1.5 million visitors a year to STEM via dynamic programs and interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include the Hall of Human Life, Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 4-D Theater, and Butterfly Garden. 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

For more information contact the EiE Communications team at eiecomm@mos.org.



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