Museum of Science, Boston and EMC Bring Engineering is Elementary to Worcester, MA Public Schools
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
BOSTON, Mass. – The Museum of Science announced today that a generous grant from EMC Corporation to the Museum of Science, Boston will help elementary schools in Worcester implement an award-winning STEM curriculum. The grant allows 10 teachers from six elementary schools to attend a professional development workshop at the Museum of Science on August 9, 2016. During the workshop, teachers will learn to implement Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®), the inquiry-based curriculum developed by the Museum at its National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®). Teachers will also receive complete sets of EiE curriculum materials for their classrooms.
"As the Museum of Science expands its introduction of engineering to elementary teachers worldwide, EMC’s support enables us to focus on our local educators," says Museum president and NCTL founder Ioannis Miaoulis. "Prepared, enthusiastic teachers are essential to engaging children in the STEM skills and concepts they need in our engineered world."
The award-winning EiE curriculum has been shown to promote educational equity by effectively supporting all children in engineering and science learning—including students from populations that are underrepresented and underserved in STEM fields. “Research by our EiE team and by outside evaluators also shows that learning with EiE sparks students’ interest in science and engineering careers,” says EiE director and Museum vice president Christine Cunningham.
“Students are better prepared for the future when they develop the skills that elementary engineering embodies: problem-solving, creativity, and communication,” said Chris Goode, Senior Vice President at EMC. “We’re excited to collaborate with Boston’s Museum of Science to bring the curriculum that supports this critical learning to local schools.”
“EiE is a great way for elementary teachers to introduce engineering to their students, and it aligns very nicely with our state standards for Science and Technology/Engineering,” says Kathy Berube, the science and engineering liaison for Worcester Public Schools. “With EiE, students work in teams and are challenged to think critically and creatively as they use the engineering design process to solve a problem. The results students come up with are amazing!”
EiE is the nation’s most widely used elementary engineering curriculum, reaching more than 10 million students to date. Developed with support from the National Science Foundation, the curriculum consists of 20 units that integrate science topics with different engineering fields through inquiry-based learning. EiE was one of the first programs chosen by Change the Equation as part of President Obama's "Educate to Innovate" campaign; it was recognized by the Silicon Valley Education foundation with a STEM Innovation Award in 2013 and received the 2014 ISDDE Prize for excellence in curriculum design.
For more information contact Cynthia Berger, 814-574-8017 or Erin Shannon 617-589-0250
About Engineering is Elementary
- EiE is a project of the Museum of Science, Boston, developed with support from the National Science Foundation and others.
- The EiE curriculum includes 20 units that integrate science topics with a specific field of engineering.
- Through the use of storybooks, EiE introduces students to children from different cultures and backgrounds who are trying to solve engineering problems.
- EiE students as young as six years old work to solve a similar problem in class using a five-step engineering design process.
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 10.5 million students and 122,400 educators, its National Center for Technological Literacy® 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. Highlights include the Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River, 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 Science Behind Pixar, created in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios, is touring nationally. The Museum has also led a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. Visit: http://www.mos.org.