EiE would like to take this opportunity to thank all the teachers who have so generously welcomed us into their classrooms to conduct our research and document with video. We’ve learned so much from you!
Thanks for sharing your work! I’m curious about the recruitment strategies your project used to develop such a large and geographically distributed network of teachers. Also, what kinds of resources or supports are provided at the teacher level?
We’ve been building our networks since the project launched in 2004! Email and social media help us to make connections, and we’ve developed a national network of EiE PD providers who serve as points of contact for teachers in their areas. With regard to resources for educators, we have a large video library; extension lessons; downloadable assessment tools; unit-by-unit lists of useful books, articles, and multimedia resources; and we’ve mapped each EiE unit to NGSS, CCSS, and the most popular elementary science curricula. Here’s a link to explore: http://www.eie.org/engineering-elementary/resou.... But please don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Our group in Baton Rouge, LA, the STEMup Baton Rouge has used the Engineering is Elementary curriculum with one of our middle school’s eighth grade science classes. We focused on the process technology of “Food for Thought”. Our weeks with the students were a great success for them and us and fun all the time.
filicitation for this work is very genious
This program is essential for the urban classroom. The children respond well to hands on activities and learn Engineering in the process. Kudos the EIE creators!!!
So glad you have having a good experience with EiE in your class! We worked hard to identify activities that would resonate with kids from all different backgrounds and life experiences.
Love that this video has closed captioning! That further demonstrates a commitment to inclusion. It is noted and appreciated!
i vote for the Engineering is Elementary video.
Great video quality! Really helps this video be effective.
I like your video. EIE was very important practice for us before STEM education. Many thanks
Great Programs!!! my students love them.
I’m curious to know what your experience was interviewing the kids for the video.
We captured that footage while shooting the Earth Materials and Materials Engineering Unit in Hollywood, Florida. Their teacher, Chentel Neat, was facilitating a conversation with them on the difference between an engineer and a scientist. The segments of student responses in this video were the answers to Chentel’s questions.
Excellent Programs!! So grateful!
EiE looks great! I wonder what impact introducing engineering concepts to students at this younger age will have on increasing STEM recruits in the future! You talked a bit about it in a previous response, but what type of PD is provided for teachers in the program?
PD is so important, isn’t it? Elementary educators often don’t have much college coursework in STEM subjects; we see a big boost, not just in subject matter knowledge, but also confidence when teachers complete our workshops. You can browse descriptions of our workshops here (http://www.eie.org/engineering-elementary/works...), but briefly we have a workshop that introduces teachers to the curriculum, a workshop for teachers who have previous experience with EiE but want to improve their practice, and a workshop for teacher educators. We hold workshops here in Boston, or EiE PD providers will travel on request. We’ve also developed a national network of highly qualified PD providers, so we can also refer schools and districts to someone in their area.
Very good video! The teacher was encouraging and informative in letting the students know that engineering is a field full of opportunities for them! And I loved the expression of the students when told they can be engineers and get paid for it!
Thanks so much for your feedback! This teacher, Chentel Neat, does a wonderful job inspiring her students in so many ways. And no matter how often we see it, it’s really heartwarming to see young children start to self-identify as engineers now and talk about engineering as a real career option in the future.
Bravo! Great project, thank you for sharing.
Our MSP, STEM Literacy Community of Practice integrated the EIE materials as a bridge for teachers to STEM and also towards building both classroom tools by grade as well as ELA reading extensions. These extensions helped continue the project as a Community of Practice. We are just focusing on the Optics/Light set this summer. Wonderful PD, thank you.
Thanks so much for this feedback—we’re so glad to know about what you’re doing. For other folks looking to make connections with ELA, we’ve mapped EiE to CCSS, and we also have a collection of downloadable extension lessons.
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This video provides an introduction to the Engineering is Elementary project and the measurable impacts of the EiE curriculum in K-5 classrooms.
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