For the Fourth Year Running, EiE Selected for Iowa STEM Scale-Up


Thursday, August 6, 2015

For the fourth year in a row, the EiE curriculum has been selected for the Iowa STEM Scale-Up. The statewide initiative was launched in 2012 by the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council to promote student interest and achievement in STEM by improving educator access to exemplary STEM curricula.

Christopher Soldat, a science curriculum consultant at the Grant Wood Area Education Agency who facilitates workshops across the state, says last year 232 teachers from 91 Iowa school districts learned to implement EiE, reaching 11,500 elementary students. This year, he'll introduce another 150 educators to the curriculum.

“The Scale-Up committee wants to be sure resources are distributed equally and widely," Soldat says. "I’ve worked with a wide range of educators, from small rural districts where they’re still teaching with science textbooks to schools that use an online-only science curriculum and have a laptop or iPad for every student.” 

A recent survey by an evaluation consortium found that Iowa students exposed to Scale-Up curricula develop a better understanding of science and engineering and greater interest in STEM careers (figure 1)—results that map to our own research on the EiE curriculum.

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