Museum of Science, Boston and Oracle Bring Hands-on Engineering Education to Central Florida Schools

$25,000 Grant Supports Curriculum Training for Orlando-Area Teachers


©Nicole Pechin, Courtesy of the Orlando Science Center
Thursday, August 9, 2018

BOSTON – The Museum of Science, Boston and Oracle are collaborating with the Orlando Science Center (OSC) to bring an award- winning STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education curriculum, EiE®, to elementary schools in the Orlando area. A $25,000 grant from Oracle will support 20 Florida elementary teachers in learning to implement the Engineering is Elementary® curriculum through a professional development workshop hosted by OSC. Scholarship recipients will also receive a complete set of EiE curriculum materials to use in their classrooms.

“Inspiring the next generation of problem solvers and critical thinkers is paramount for our environmental, health, economic, and social prosperity,” says President and Director of the Museum of Science, Ioannis Miaoulis. "At the Museum of Science we aim to make engineering education accessible to all and that mission continues around the world through our EiE curriculum.  Oracle's continued support helps us achieve this mission by helping us provide elementary teachers with the resources and support that they need to effectively engage all young children in the engineering design process.”

“Professional development benefits teachers and students. When teachers understand the value of engineering, they are more enthusiastic and more effective in the classroom,” says EiE Director and Museum Vice President Christine Cunningham. “With Oracle’s ongoing support, the Museum is able to bring engineering education to the Orlando area together with our collaborators at OSC.”

This is the fifth year that Oracle has supported elementary engineering education with a grant to the Museum. In past years, Oracle supported EiE professional development for elementary educators in Florida, California’s Silicon Valley and Massachusetts.

The award-winning EiE curriculum is demonstrated 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.

“Good educators are crucial in nurturing the next generation of innovators,” said Colleen Cassity, executive director of Oracle Corporate Citizenship. “Engineering is Elementary expands access to and engagement in STEAM disciplines for students nationwide, and Oracle is proud to continue support for teachers with EiE.”


About EiE from the Museum of Science, Boston

Launched in 2003, EiE is an award-winning preK-8 engineering program from the Museum of Science, Boston, one of the world's largest science centers and New England's most attended cultural institution. EiE has reached over 15 million students and 165,000 teachers in all 50 states and in more than two dozen countries across the world. The research-based, hands-on engineering curriculum introduces learners to the engineering design process to create the next generation of problem solvers. EiE aims to challenge the misconceptions about engineering, while building a generation of children who practice 21st century skills and engage more deeply with STEM subjects. With EiE, educators and students learn to understand how to apply an engineering mindset across disciplines—in the classroom and in afterschool/out-of-school settings. A commitment to equity and access is a foundational idea in EiE’s curriculum design, professional development, and research.

EiE engages all learners and empowers students and educators to discover their inner engineer. Visit:


About the Orlando Science Center

Located in Orlando, Fla., interactive learning and discovery await within the Science Center’s hundreds of exhibits, programs, labs, films and planetarium shows. The Science Center provides educational opportunities both within and outside its walls including field trips, family science nights at schools and community centers, and other outreach.


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