Engineering Is Elementary
Why is Engineering for Children?
“Engineering is Elementary (EiE) is an excellent inquiry-based STEM curriculum that teaches students thinking and reasoning skills needed for success. Built around the engineering design process, EiE teaches kids how to solve problems systematically . . . creating skills, optimism, and attitudes important for their futures. Life is not multiple choice.”
Laura J. Bottomley, Ph.D, Director, The Engineering Place
North Carolina State University
An award-winning engineering curriculum developed by the Museum of Science, Boston is being joined with our PBL framework to bring the field of engineering and alternative education to kindergarten through grade 5 classrooms. The EIE curriculum combines the engineering design process with a particular field of life science, physical science, or earth and space science. As the students successfully experience the virtual schooling, they build inquiry skills alongside 21st century skills such as collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking. Each curriculum unit fully engages our scholars through a literacy component, which introduces the them to a foreign character experiencing a real-world problem. The scholars then develop the math and science expertise required to problem solve in the particular field of engineering. Engineering fields covered through the traditional school’s curriculum include spatial, materials, electrical, biomedical, aerospace, industrial, ocean, and more!
In order to fully support the Engineering is Elementary initiative; LPCA has successfully certified school district staff members on the curriculum within its organization in collaboration with the Museum of Science, Boston.
Sandra Vroman, Elementary Curriculum Director firstname.lastname@example.org.