Q: Do I have to order your material kits to teach with EiE, or can I put together my own?
A: With time and effort, you can assemble your own EiE kits.
We designed our units specifically to use materials that you can find yourself at craft, office supply, and hardware stores; and each teacher guide includes a complete materials list (they’re also available online).
Two things to keep in mind, however: First, because we enjoy significant bulk savings, you may find that you save little or no money and spend quite a bit of time.
Second, a few specialized items, like the magnets for The Attraction is Obvious: Designing Maglev Systems or the rocks for Solid as a Rock: Replicating an Artifact, are difficult to find—and substitutes may not work well. If you wind up having a difficult time finding a material, you can give us a call. We’ll be more than happy to help you in your search.
Another option schools often choose is to order kits from EiE, then replace the consumable materials themselves.