Hi, friend of EiE!
Welcome to our first newsletter! We hope to use it to keep you abreast of EiE news, point you to some resources you may not know about, and build a community of EiE users and supporters. We want to offer useful information, share tips from teachers and EiE staff, answer your questions, and maybe even inspire or entertain.
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Your friends at Engineering is Elementary
Explore Our Online Videos
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!)
Catching the Wind: Designing Windmills—Watch this video to see how second-grade teacher Pat Slater supports her students as they make predictions about which materials would be good choices for making a sail (Lesson 3, Part 1).
EiE Launches PD Partner Site
With support from Raytheon, EiE launched the first of three planned regional professional development hubs at the Arizona Science Center (ASC) in Phoenix, Arizona on March 1, 2012.
The ASC PD hub will provide support and other resources to teachers and school districts that want to integrate technology and engineering into their elementary classrooms.
Like our own PD staff, ASC trainers will:
• introduce engineering and technology content using EiE curriculum materials.
• focus on using engineering content to teach inquiry and critical-thinking skills.
• coach teachers in using EiE engineering design challenges as opportunities to further
integrate science and math content already being taught.
Another important goal of this hub is to initiate a broader discussion about how to effectively infuse STEM education into Arizona’s classrooms. This hub will explore ways in which different educational entities can support each other in this shared quest—particularly with the inclusion of technology and engineering in the Next Generation Science Standards.
India and Jacob, the EA sibling duo.
Engineering Adventures Takes Off
Children across the country are now helping to field test the two newest Engineering Adventures (EA) units.
The EiE team is developing EA, the new curriculum for use in out-of-school-time programs, and has released two new units for pilot testing. The first unit, “To the Rescue: Engineering Aid Packages,” is set in Thailand where monsoon rains often prevent villages from receiving important supplies by boat or car. For this challenge, children engineer “aid drop” packages using natural objects as inspiration. In the “Shake Things Up: Engineering Earthquake-Resistant Structures” unit, children help to create new building codes for Haiti as they learn about the supports that stablize buildings during earthquakes and engineer their own earthquake-resistant structures.
If you’re interested in testing these units, you haven’t missed your chance! Camp programs can try out the materials during the summer of 2012. Join the Engineering Adventures email distribution list by emailing [email protected], and be notified when summer testing applications are available. Please visit our website to learn more about Engineering Adventures.
The development of the EA curriculum is made possible thanks to generous support from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.
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.
Upcoming PD Opportunities
At the Museum of Science, Boston
A 2-day hands-on workshop designed to introduce educators to the EiE program and its materials.
* April 25-26
* August 9-10, 2012
* November 8-9, 2012
* April, 2013
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
Heading to the NSTA conference in Indianapolis?
Come see our sessions!
▪ Thursday, March 29, 8:00-9:00am: “Why do I Have to Know This? Engineering Design Challenges That Drive Inquiry Science.” Indiana Convention Center, Room 231.
▪ Thursday, March 29, 12:30-1:30: “From Seed to Fruit: Exploring the Garden and Pollination.”
▪ Friday, March 30, 8:30-9:30: Engineering Extravaganza. Indiana Convention Center, 500 Ballroom.
▪ Friday, March 30, 2:00-5:00: Informal Science Share-a-thon (Engineering Adventures). JW Marriott, JW Grand Ballroom 5.
▪ Saturday, March 31, 3:30-4:30pm: “No Time for STEM? Think Again!” Indiana Convention Center, Room 231.
▪ Saturday, March 31, 5:00-6:00pm: “Engineering Everywhere: Bridging Formal and Informal STEM Education.” Indiana Convention Center, Room 241.
You also won't want to miss an interactive, pre-conference workshop sponsored by CESI (Council for Elementary Science International).
▪ Wednesday, March 28, 8:00am–4:00pm: “Engineering: It's Elementary.” Marriot Ballroom 1.
Enjoy a full day of discovery as you explore lessons and activities from two, popular elementary-level engineering education programs: Engineering is Elementary and Family Engineering.
Download a handy flyer listing EiE's sessions to help you plan your conference.