Museum of Science, Boston and MathWorks Support Elementary Engineering Education in Massachusetts Schools

EiE scholarships awarded in Lowell, Haverhill, and Brockton

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MathWorks accelerating engineering science
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Thanks to support from MathWorks, the Museum of Science, Boston will bring an award-winning STEM curriculum to elementary students in three Massachusetts school districts. A grant from the Natick-based software company will support two dozen elementary teachers from Haverhill, Brockton, and Lowell schools in learning to implement the Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) curriculum developed by the Museum’s National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®). On August 9, educators will attend an EiE professional development workshop at the Museum and receive a complete set of EiE curriculum materials for the classroom.

"As the Museum of Science expands its preparation of elementary teachers worldwide, the generous support of our Premier Partner, MathWorks, enables us to focus on our Massachusetts educators," says Museum president and NCTL founder Ioannis Miaoulis. "Prepared, enthusiastic teachers are key to engaging young children in the STEM skills and concepts they need in today's engineered world."

“We know that high-quality professional development in the STEM fields is a critical need for elementary teachers,” says EiE director and Museum vice president Christine Cunningham. “We’re thrilled by this support from MathWorks for local schools.”

The award-winning EiE curriculum has been shown to promote educational equity by effectively supporting all children in engineering and science learning. Research by the EiE team and by outside evaluators shows that the curriculum also sparks student interest in science and engineering careers.

Although the MathWorks/EiE Scholarship Program is new, the mathematical computing software firm is a longstanding Museum supporter. A corporate member since 1991, MathWorks promotes STEM engagement for underserved populations in unique ways. The company has sponsored giant-screen films at the Museum since 2005 and, since 2009, has underwritten “Free Film Fridays” -- free admission for all Mugar Omni Theater visitors for a month -- this year in October. MathWorks has also provided its MATLAB® software to the Museum's Hall of Human Life.

“We are proud to extend this relationship to offer teachers a chance to learn technologies used in building careers,” says Kevin Lorenc, corporate communications, MathWorks. “Teachers are the primary connection between students and the ‘real world,’ and this sponsorship is a perfect example of how we can help train the trainers to prepare student for long-term success.”

EiE is the nation’s most widely used elementary engineering curriculum, reaching over 10 million students to date. The curriculum consists of 20 units that integrate science topics with different engineering fields through inquiry-based learning. The units are introduced by storybooks about children from different cultures and backgrounds around the world who are trying to solve engineering problems; students then solve a similar problem using a five-step engineering design process.

For more information contact Cynthia Berger, cberger@mos.org, 814-574-8017 

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 conduct their own experiments to collect the data needed to solve a similar problem 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. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. 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, has begun a 10-year national tour. 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.

About MathWorks

MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software. MATLAB, the language of technical computing, is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numeric computation. Simulink is a graphical environment for simulation and Model-Based Design for multidomain dynamic and embedded systems. Engineers and scientists worldwide rely on these product families to accelerate the pace of discovery, innovation, and development in automotive, aerospace, electronics, financial services, biotech-pharmaceutical, and other industries. MATLAB and Simulink are also fundamental teaching and research tools in the world's universities and learning institutions. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs more than 3500 people in 15 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, USA. For additional information, visit mathworks.com.

MATLAB and Simulink are registered trademarks of The MathWorks, Inc. See mathworks.com/trademarks for a list of additional trademarks. Other product or brand names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

 

 

 

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