Raytheon brings EiE to Athens, AL schools

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Monday, August 4, 2014

Elementary teachers in Athens, Alabama will be learning how to engage their young students in engineering this week. A total of 25 teachers will attend an Engineering is Elementary (EiE) professional development workshop as one part of a $37,000 grant from Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) to bring the award-winning STEM curriculum to the Athens City Schools. 

“We're excited about participating in EiE,” says Garner Ezell, director of curriculum and instruction for Athens City Schools. “We know that the new jobs being created in our nation require high amounts of skill with respect to science, engineering, and mathematics. Raytheon’s generous support will provide our teachers with the training and resources they need to engage students early in STEM concepts so they are prepared for college and career.”

The Raytheon-EiE District Scholarship grant is part of a larger $2 million Raytheon initiative to help improve STEM education nationwide by expanding the use of Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®), a hands-on, project-based curriculum developed at the Museum of Science, Boston through its National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®).

The grant to Athens City Schools funds professional development for 25 teachers to attend a workshop that prepares them to use EiE with their students. Each teacher also receives a curriculum guide and a materials kit with everything needed to implement engineering activities in the classroom. A teacher educator from the district also receives professional development, qualifying to prepare more teachers at the schools to use the curriculum.

"Raytheon's generous support greatly expands our mission to bring engineering to elementary-aged children," said Museum of Science president and director Ioannis Miaoulis, who launched the NCTL to introduce engineering in schools and museums nationwide.

“With the release of the Next Generation Science Standards in 2013, there’s a new expectation that engineering will be integrated with existing elementary science curricula – and schools and districts need an effective way to do that,” said Dr. Christine Cunningham, a vice president at the Museum and EiE founder and director. “We’re really pleased to be able to offer support through the Raytheon scholarship program.”

Research shows EiE helps elementary students become more interested in engineering as a career, and also improves their learning of science concepts. To date, EiE has reached nearly 6 million children, engaging students as young as six with hands-on, inquiry-based activities. The curriculum explores a variety of engineering fields – from electrical to mechanical to biomedical and more – while connecting each activity to a science concept commonly taught in elementary schools.

Engineering is Elementary and Engineering Everywhere are projects of the National Center for Technological Literacy® at the Museum of Science, Boston.

 

 

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