EiE provides experience with authentic engineering practices. Since including multiple ideas and perspectives strengthens engineering designs, engineers often work in collaborative teams. Students engaged in EiE activities do, too.
The open-ended nature of EiE's engineering activities encourages students to work together to find solutions—and often elicits important contributions from students who don't participate in ordinary school contexts.
The ability to collaborate, problem-solve, and work in teams is critical for our children to develop and an important benefit of the EiE curriculum.
EiE is proud to announce that the Engineering Adventures unit Bubble Bonanza: Engineering Bubble Wands will be available to download from our website starting on July 2nd.
Engineering Adventures is a new engineering curriculum designed for 3rd-5th graders in out-of-school time settings. The activities allow all learners to act as engineers and engage in the engineering design process. To learn more, or to download the Bubble Bonanza unit, visit our website.
A Glimpse into the Curriculum Development Process
The Engineering Adventures team aims to create out-of-school time activities that promote innovative problem solving, communication, and collaboration. It’s no surprise that we adopt the same approach ourselves when we begin the process of developing a new unit.
In the early stages of brainstorming for the upcoming unit, Go Green: Engineering Recycled Racers, all sorts of ideas were on the table…literally! We laid out a jumble of potential racer materials such as juice containers, CDs, pipe cleaners, and straws. With the help of the EiE team, we used the Engineering Design Process to guide the unit development. We asked about possible challenges, imagined and planned some fun activities, created them, and improved (many times!) to produce a few early prototypes and a clear vision of the experience we want kids to have.
Things You Never Knew About EiE
Characters in our storybooks were often named after someone connected to EiE. Juan Daniel (Designing Model Membranes) was named for the son one one of our pilot teachers. Erik (Designing Knee Braces) was named for a nephew of EiE's founder and director. Anna Miss (Evaluating a Landscape) was named for and drawn to look like a member of the EiE team. And Leif (Designing Windmills) got his name from the toddler (then) son of our director of research. Leif is now about as old as his namesake; he hasn't grown to look much like him, however.
Upcoming PD Opportunities
Join us at the Museum of Science, Boston for some exciting Professional Development opportunities. Click on the links below for more information or to register:
Our intensive three-day trainings for educators who want to provide EiE professional development to other teachers.
* October 24-26, 2012
* December 5-7, 2012
Notes from the Field
We received a delightful surprise in the mail! Some members of Mrs. Henry's first grade class at Montebello Elementary School in Suffern, NY mailed us some begonia plants in packages that they engineered themselves. (This is the design challenge in "Thinking Inside the Box.")
Thank you, guys! The plant arrived in great shape, and we promise to take good care of it. (We appreciate the directions.)
We'd love to hear from you! Send questions, tips, and stories that might interest your colleagues to EiEnews@mos.org. Photographs we can share would be wonderful (but please download our photo release form, have it signed for all kids, and send them in with the photos): there's nothing quite like seeing other teachers and students in action.