Museum of Science and SheGives Boston Support Afterschool STEM

Scholarship program brings elementary engineering to MA programs


Friday, September 25, 2015

(BOSTON, MA) A total of 37 Massachusetts afterschool educators have been selected for scholarship awards that will bring Engineering Adventures, a hands-on STEM curriculum developed at the Museum of Science, Boston, to the elementary-school-aged kids in their programs. The scholarship program is made possible by a $25,000 award from the innovative philanthropy of SheGives Boston to the Museum, building on a similar award made last year.

"We very much appreciate this thoughtful award," says Ioannis Miaoulis, president and director of the Museum. "SheGives Boston's generosity supports us in our work to introduce engineering to everyone, particularly underserved communities."

Engineering Adventures was developed by the Engineering is Elementary® project at the Museum’s National Center for Technological Literacy®. The curriculum offers seven different hands-on engineering design challenges—all designed to support the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning that happens in school, but in a flexible format suitable for afterschool programs.

SheGives founder Kirstan Barnett says the award to the Museum aligns with the group’s goal of promoting STEM skills for students in underprivileged communities. "We are so proud of Boston's ecosystem for innovation and discovery through STEM, and of MOS's role in ensuring that the next generation of scientists is inspired and engaged in solving the world's toughest problems," she says.

Engineering Adventures draws kids in to the activities through the cartoon characters India and Jacob, a brother-sister team who are the virtual guides to the engineering activities in the curriculum. The duo travels around the globe, identifying real-world challenges like how to drop aid packages to people in need after a natural disaster or how to engineer earthquake-resistant buildings, then they send back recorded audio messages that invite kids to help solve the problems.

This year’s scholarship recipients will each receive one to three curriculum units. “That includes the supporting materials kits with everything needed to conduct the engineering activities,” says Tania Tauer, a senior curriculum developer with EiE.

“As part of the scholarship, an educator from the program is also invited to attend a workshop at the Museum, to learn to implement the curriculum,” Tauer adds. “Often, afterschool educators don’t have much experience with STEM subjects. Our workshop is designed to help them feel ready to engineer!”

Engineering Adventures was created with support from the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation and by NASA. Thanks to this generous support, any afterschool program can download the lesson plans for each EA curriculum units free of charge from the project website. Scholarship winners will receive materials kits and pre-printed Educator Guides, which are also available to the public through the EiE store.

SheGives Boston Engineering Adventures Scholarship recipients for 2015:

Heather Arrighi, Brockton Public Schools, Brockton

Barbara Brothers, The BEE Program at BBCPS, Cambridge

Sara Flyer, UP Education Network, Boston

Harry Gilliam, Richard J. Murphy K-8 School/Leahy Halloran Community Center, Dorchester

Bob Gilmore, Stacy Middle School Science Club, Milford

Lisa Holmes, Wellfleet Elementary School, Wellfleet

Denise Jezak, Morris Elementary School, Lenox

Anastasia Karasoulos-Vekiarides, Manville School, Boston

Elizabeth Kinzly, Newburyport Public Schools, Newburyport

Alison McDaniel, James L. McKeown Boys & Girls Club of Woburn, Woburn

Melissa McNickles, Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester, Dorchester

Ashley Puopolo, Stoneham Public Schools, Stoneham

Michelle Sano-Delorie, Liberty Elementary School, Braintree

Diane R. Shanks-Correia, Ralph D. Butler Elementary School, Avon

Jocelyn Trindade, YWCA Southeastern Massachusetts, New Bedford

Kathy Wright, Boston Public Schools, Boston

Kim Bellio, Fitchburg Public School, Fitchburg

Martha A. Burkett,The Grow School, Dudley

Karen Coghlan, Pingree Afterschool program, Weymouth

Rachael Coppenrath-Latta, Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield, Marshfield

Claire Duggan, Northeastern University, Boston

Grace Duran, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem, Salem

Elizabeth Ellis, St. Anna Catholic School, Leominster

Sabrina Garcelon, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Salem, Salem

Constance Grayson, Cummings School 21st Century, Winthrop

Liz Griffin, Sacred Heart School, Lynn

Honora McCaughey, 21st Century Schools Fall River, Fall River

Anette LeFave, Woodland Elementary School, Milford

Patrick Rosendale, YMCA of Central Massachusetts, Westborough

Kim Ruma, Gregg House School Age, Lynn

Angela Snow, Brooklyn Elementary, Medford

Angela Stankiewicz, James Tansey Elementary School, Fall River

Jennifer Struzziero, Ventress Memorial Library, Marshfield

Francesca Zakharia, Lynn YMCA, Lynn

Pamela Zelaya, Forestdale School, Malden

About SheGives Boston:

SheGives Boston is a philanthropic foundation that connects committed, dynamic, engaged donors to extraordinary, well-vetted nonprofits around Greater Boston. It promotes considered giving by its members, both for their individual gifts as well as gifts from the donor-advised funds and foundations that they direct. Launched in September 2013, its innovative model, which applies an angel investing approach to collective philanthropy, was featured in the Boston Globe in February 2014, and again in May 2015.  Go to for more information. SheGives was named a 2014 BOSTinno "#SoGood" Finalist.

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 9.4 million students and 99,700 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:

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