Oracle Supports STEM Professional Development for MA Teachers

Grant will bring Engineering is Elementary to 20 classrooms


Tuesday, June 2, 2015

BOSTON, MA (June 2, 2015) Recent changes in Massachusetts academic standards mean that teachers will be integrating more engineering content and practices with the science lessons they teach. This new expectation can be uncomfortable for elementary teachers, who don’t usually take engineering coursework as part of their teacher preparation. The information technology company Oracle recently awarded the Museum of Science, Boston a grant that will help.

The Oracle grant will fund professional development in engineering for 20 teachers. They’ll attend a workshop at the Museum where they will learn how to implement the award-winning curriculum Engineering is Elementary (EiE), which is a project of the Museum’s National Center for Technological Literacy®. Each teacher will also receive a complete set of EiE classroom materials.

Developed with support from the National Science Foundation, the EiE curriculum features hands-on engineering design challenges like designing parachutes, water filters, and windmills. EiE lessons are designed to support science learning while also boosting students’ interest in STEM careers.


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