Engineering is for Everyone One of our core EiE beliefs is that engineering develops skills, understandings, and attitudes that are valuable for any

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Engineering is for Everyone

One of our core EiE beliefs is that engineering develops skills, understandings, and attitudes that are valuable for any career, not just for engineering. Learning about the engineering design process and engaging in hands-on engineering challenges fosters 21st-century skills of critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. Students also develop valuable life and career skills like flexibility, persistence, initiative, and social and leadership abilities.

Did You Know?

More Fortune 500 CEOs graduated college with engineering degrees—23%—than any other major, according to a SpencerStuart study. Would you have guessed business? That came in third at 12%, after economics at 13%.

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If you've signed up on our website for access to EiE Educator Resources, then you know that there are loads of great videos to help you plan and set up for teaching EiE units. (And if you haven't yet signed up, what are you waiting for? It's free!)

Interview with Young EngineersWatch this video to learn why these fourth-graders give EiE their highest endorsement.

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Ask Emily

Q: How do I choose an EiE unit for my classroom?

A: Easy! Each EiE unit is designed to integrate with a specific elementary science topic. EiE units should be taught either concurrently or after students have completed the related science topic. To figure out which unit would be ideal for your students, check out EiE’s Unit Overview Table and scan the “Science Topic” column to locate the science topics you teach. For example, if one of your science topics is “sound,” then the EiE unit Sounds Like Fun: Seeing Animal Sounds would be a great fit for your students. For more details on how each EiE unit integrates with lessons from FOSS, GEMS, STC, Insights, and Science Companion curricula, click on the unit's title.

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EiE Narrows Gender Gap

The gender gap in engineering careers has been well documented, but a recent study shows EiE may be helping to change girls’ historical lack of interest in engineering and related fields.

Although the results confirm a gap still exists between girls’ and boys’ interest in engineering, one exciting finding points to EiE’s potential to change this: After engaging with EiE, both girls and boys agreed significantly more with the statement, “I would enjoy being an engineer when I grow up,” but analysis revealed that the effect was stronger for girls. This means that EiE is helping to narrow the gap between girls’ and boys’ interest in pursuing engineering careers!

Members of EiE’s Research team attended the annual conference of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) in March to present the findings.

For more detail, the full paper can be found here, including description of the methods, data analyses, and more findings. All of our evaluations and papers are available on the Research & Assessment page of EiE’s website.

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Upcoming PD Opportunities

At the Museum of Science, Boston

Everyone Engineers!

A 2-day hands-on workshop designed to introduce educators to the EiE program and its materials.
* August 9-10, 2012
* November 8-9, 2012
* April, 2013

Teacher Educator Institutes

Our intensive three-day trainings for educators who want to provide EiE professional development to other teachers.
* May 9-11, 2012
* October 24-26, 2012
* December 5-7, 2012

Please take a very short survey to help us improve EiE’s professional development offerings.

We’ll enter you in a drawing for a free teacher guide if you respond by May 15! Three winners!

Click here to take the survey

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Summer Pilot Testing, Anyone?

Engineering Adventures is an out-of-school time engineering curriculum being created by the EiE team for students in grades 3-5. If you’re interested in piloting an Engineering Adventures unit this summer, fill out the online application.

The application closes May 15th. Questions? Email us.

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Help Build Our Learning Community

We'd love to hear from you! Send us your questions, tips, and stories that might interest your colleagues. Photographs we can share would be wonderful (but please download our photo release form, have it signed, and send it in): there's nothing quite like seeing other teachers and students in action.

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Engineering is Elementary® is part of the National Center for Technological Literacy (NCTL) at the Museum of Science, Boston.

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