SheGives Boston Supports "Engineering Adventures" Afterschool Scholarships

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SheGives Boston is supporting engineering curriculum awards for MA afterschool educators
Thursday, August 20, 2015

For the second year in a row, the Museum of Science, Boston and the philanthropy SheGives Boston are collaborating to bring fun, educational STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) activities to Massachusetts afterschool programs. A $25,000 award from SheGives to the Museum will support scholarships for 40 to 60 programs across the state in implementing the innovative Engineering Adventures (EA) curriculum. Educators can apply online starting today.

The hands-on, kid-tested EA curriculum was developed by the award-winning Engineering is Elementary®(EiE)  project, which is based at the Museum’s National Center for Technological Literacy®. Designed expressly for kids in grades 3–5 in out-of-school time settings, each of the seven EA units is framed by messages from the fictional characters India and Jacob, a globetrotting brother-and-sister team who guide kids through the engineering design process to solve real world problems through teamwork and creativity.

“We were honored to receive a similar award from SheGives last year, as one of their first grant recipients,” says Tania Tauer, a senior curriculum developer with EiE. The 2014 award brought EA curriculum materials to 44 Boston-area afterschool programs. This year’s scholarship recipients will receive one to three curriculum units, plus supporting materials kits with everything needed to conduct the activities; they’ll also be invited to attend a one-day workshop at the Museum, to learn to implement the curriculum. “We’ll distribute a total of 85 units,” Tauer says. “We expect to reach forty to sixty Massachusetts afterschool programs.”

SheGives is an unconventional philanthropy that engages women leaders in the Boston area in informed charitable giving by connecting committed, dynamic donors to extraordinary, well-vetted nonprofits around Greater Boston. The group’s 100 members work together to identify causes that deserve support, then consider a slate of candidates for each cause, selecting organizations that have significant impact and are well run. 

Applications will close on August 28, and EiE will announce winners in mid-September. Any afterschool or camp program in MA that serves elementary-school-aged kids may apply.

SheGives founder Kristan 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.

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

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 EA curriculum units free of charge in from the project website. The scholarship winners will receive pre-printed Educator Guides, which are also available to the public through the EiE store.

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 www.shegivesboston.org 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 8.3 million students and 93,600 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: http://www.mos.org.

 

Product: 
Engineering is Elementary
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Scholarships and Awards