Engineering is Elementary (EiE) is a nationally recognized and disseminated program developed by the Boston Museum of Science. The EiE program partners lessons in engineering with science curricula already in place in elementary schools. EiE materials make engineering fun and engaging for students by introducing them to children from a variety of cultures and backgrounds whose facing real world problems. Using engineering principles, students then work in teams to apply their knowledge of science and mathematics, and use their inquiry and problem-solving skills to design, create and improve possible solutions.
The mission of Engineering is Elementary is to foster engineering and technological literacy among ALL elementary-aged children.
EiE has reached nearly 5 million students and more than 65,000 teachers in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The curriculum includes 20 units covering challenges from the design of water filters and parachutes to how to clean up an oil spill. Engineering is Elementary has been proven to increase students' interest in and confidence about engineering. EiE's 20 units present fun, engaging engineering challenges that allow students to apply science knowledge.
Orlando Science Center has become an endorsed site to provide Engineering is Elementary (EiE) Professional Development Workshops to the southeast. Our certified trainers can travel to any school in the state of Florida. Intensive hands-on training shows teachers first-hand how to embed this curriculum into the classroom and provides the necessary support for success. In these professional development workshops, teachers will undergo a six hour training. Each of the trainings will cover one unit of EIE curriculum that the teachers will subsequently be able to implement in their own classroom.
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Engineering is Elementary Teacher Workshops are using online registration software! Teaming up with the Active Network, workshop registration can be done online anytime. All the forms are now part of the registration system so it is that much easier to complete the process. Plus the software has automated wait lists and more.
These trainings can be offered on location or at the Orlando Science Center. Program fee includes an official EiE teacher’s guide on the selected unit for each participating teacher.
Are you a teacher interested in EiE training on your own?
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Price: $175 per person
These trainings will be offered at the Orlando Science Center and registration fees include an official EiE teacher’s guide on the selected unit.
The Best of Bugs: Designing Hand Pollinators
(Basic Grades 1-2) Insects and Plants; Agricultural Engineering
Saturday, October 12, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
It’s a Long Way Down: Designing Parachutes
(Advanced Grades 3-5) Astronomy; Aerospace Engineering
Saturday, December 14, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Catching the Wind: Designing Windmills
(Basic Grades 1-2) Wind and Weather; Mechanical Engineering
Saturday, February 22, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Water, Water Everywhere: Designing Water Filters
(Advanced Grades 3-5) Water; Environmental Engineering
Saturday, April 14, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
25 March 2014
Posted in EiE Workshops
On Thursday, March 13, 2014, Orlando Science Center educators ventured to Castle Creek Elementary to facilitate “Engineering is Elementary” training to second grade teachers. The workshop was sponsored by Lockheed Martin and part of the "Engineering our Future" initiative.
Teachers engaged in hands-on, interactive STEM-based engineering design challenges. This particular unit, "Catching the Wind: Designing Windmills,” highlights the field of mechanical engineering and educates the understanding of air as wind to design and create wind-powered machines. Teachers used their mechanical engineering skills to design sailboats and windmills that catch the wind, and will use the knowledge gained from the workshops to better educate their students.
EiE was developed by the Museum of Science, Boston and aims to increase students' interest in and confidence about engineering. EiE's 20 units present fun, engaging engineering challenges that allow students to apply science knowledge.