EiE Welcomes New Partners Joelle Clark and Lori Rubino-Hare are professional development providers for Northern Arizona University’s Center for Scien


EiE Welcomes New Partners


Joelle Clark (left) and Lori Rubino-Hare offer EIE PD workshops

Joelle Clark and Lori Rubino-Hare are professional development providers for Northern Arizona University’s Center for Science Teaching and Learning. They’re also among EiE’s first Endorsed Professional Development Partners.
EiE is setting up hubs across the country to offer instruction in the EiE curriculum. Since becoming EiE PD partners, Joelle and Lori have offered four workshops for 38 Arizona teachers.
“With the advent of the Next Generation Science Standards, we’re customizing our workshops to highlight the S, T, and E in STEM,” says Joelle. “EiE has revolutionized our PD practice.”
Joelle and Lori have also introduced EiE to pre-service students at the university. In the future, they hope to offer more STEM learning opportunities for rural and Native American communities.
For information about becoming an EiE Endorsed PD Provider, please contact the partners team.


Caution: Curriculum Developers at Work!

Ever wonder how we think up our fun lessons? Check out the EiE team as they develop an aerospace engineering unit for Engineering Adventures, our out-of-school time curriculum.


The design challenge: Engineer a rocket that can carry a payload of a certain size and land on a specific target “planet.”

Above: Creating rockets
Right: Blast off!

Creation of this aerospace Engineering Adventures unit was supported by NASA under grant award Number NNX12AL19G


Extra! Read All About It!

Teachers Team up with EiE Staff on Journal Articles

This past month, two different publications for K-5 teachers featured articles written by EiE staff in partnership with Massachusetts-based teachers who use the curriculum.


Check the December 2012 issue of Children’s Technology and Engineering, published by ITEEA, for an article by our professional development team and EiE pilot-test teachers showing how two units (“Designing Windmills” and “Designing Maglev Systems”) were implemented in Massachusetts classrooms.

The December 2012 issue of NSTA’s Science and Children includes the article “Limestone or Wax?” another EiE staff-teacher collaboration. This article explores how the EiE unit “Solid as a Rock” (about the design of an archaeological artifact replica) supports learning about materials and their properties.


Ask Emily

Q: The website says you have free “EiE Educator Resources.” What are they? Do I need them?

A: Well, you don’t NEED them, but teachers tell us they are very helpful! Educator Resources includes these FREE tools:

Content Connections: A collection of extension activities created by EiE staff . . . and teachers like you. (Upload your own Content Connections to share with others!)

Multimedia Resources: Online videos to help you prepare lessons and teach your best. “How-To Videos” give tips for lesson set-up. “Classroom Videos” show how experienced teachers lead inquiry in the classroom.

Student Assessments: Tools to help you evaluate student comprehension. Most were designed for research purposes, so they have the EiE stamp of approval.

Supporting Documents: A variety of helpful materials, from PDFs of our storybook illustrations to release forms that let us share images of your students engaged in the Engineering Design Process.

There’s much more on the Educator Resources page. It’s quick and easy to create your FREE account. Please visit the site and explore!

Emily Eppler is the EiE Store coordinator. Her column answers Frequently Asked Questions about EiE.


Upcoming PD Opportunities

Join us at the Museum of Science, Boston, for these EiE Professional Development opportunities. Click on the links for more information or to register:

Everyone Engineers!

A two-day, hands-on workshop that gives you the skills to implement EiE in your classroom.

April 4-5, 2013
July 10-11, 2013 

Teacher Educator Institutes

Intensive three-day workshop certifies EiE Professional Development educators.

January 30- February 1, 2013
March 13-15, 2013 

May 8-10, 2013

Can’t travel to Boston? Our expert PD educators can come to your school. Fill out our online professional development request form for more information.


Notes from the Field

We'd love to hear from you! Send questions, tips, and stories that might interest your colleagues to EiEnews@mos.org. We'd love to provide a forum for sharing strategies for building support for EiE, student "a-ha" moments, and your clever adaptations.

Photographs we can share would be wonderful (but please download our photo release form, have it signed for all kids in the photos, and send them in with the photos): 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.