EiE Staff Selected for 100Kin10 Fellowship

Program will support K - 12 engineering program development


Thursday, July 2, 2015

Four employees from the Museum of Science, Boston’s National Center for Technological Literacy®, including three Engineering is Elementary® team members, have been selected to participate as a team in the 100Kin10 Fellowship Program. The new grant-making effort is designed to address a critical need in the nation's schools--the lack of engineering-related programs for K–12 students.

The program aims to help teams from organizations with ideas for new engineering programs to fine-tune their ideas during a 10-week period where they receive support, resources, and feedback from each other and outside experts. Fellows then apply to 100Kin10 for a one-time grant that will help make their ideas a reality.

The Museum’s 100Kin10 fellowship team includes Patti Curtis, director of NCTL’s Washington, DC, Office of Government Relations, and EiE's Dr. Cathy Lachapelle, research and evaluation program manager; Martha Davis, senior multimedia developer; and Kate Sokol, curriculum developer. EiE supports engineering education in grades K-8 nationwide through curriculum development, professional development delivery, and rigorous research.

The nonprofit 100kin10 is a national network of academic institutions, nonprofits, foundations, companies, and government agencies created four years ago after President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology released a report calling for recruitment and training of at least 100,000 new middle-school and high-school science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teachers over the next ten years.

"Engineering is critical in our 21st-century economy, but there’s this huge mismatch between what’s happening in K-12 schools and what our economy and society needs of its citizens and workers," said Talia Milgrom-Elcott, the 100kin10 executive director. “We are excited to collaborate with the Museum of Science and the other participants to pioneer this new approach to grant making and develop innovative, effective, transformational, and sustainable solutions.”

The 100kin10 Fellowship Program was created with a $7.5-million seed grant from the New York Attorney General’s office, the bulk of a settlement with the Pearson Charitable Foundation, and $500,000 from the Simons Foundation. Awards will range from $25,000 for early-stage ideas to $500,000 for more complex or fully formed plans.

The 11 other partners from across the nation selected to participate include:

  • Baltimore City Public Schools
  • Bank Street College of Education
  • Bay Area Discovery Museum
  • Boston University, College of Engineering
  • Hillsborough County Public Schools 
  • National Academy of Sciences
  • NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering 
  • Teach for America • New York Office
  • TRC at University of Texas, Austin
  • Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach
  • Washington STEM

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 across the United States. Having reached an estimated 8.3 million students and 90,200 teachers, its NCTL also received the National Science Board's Public Service Award in May 2015 . One of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science introduces about 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 was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include The Science Behind Pixar, 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.


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