Fostering Systemic Change Newsflash: Creating systemic change in education is…hard! As many of our readers know, fostering change in our system of e


Fostering Systemic Change

Newsflash: Creating systemic change in education is…hard!

As many of our readers know, fostering change in our system of education can be a slow, complicated process. Here at EiE, we address the problem in many ways.

Beyond developing outstanding engineering curriculum, EiE pursues a variety of initiatives to promote its mission of fostering engineering and technological literacy. Professional development workshops support educators in implementing the curriculum; Teacher Educator Institutes prepare teacher trainers and administrators, Engineering Adventures targets out-of-school time; and the BEST program (see below) fosters systemic change by working to include engineering in college education and science courses.

How are you fostering change within your classroom, school, or district? Email us:


Colleges Are Catching On

Thanks to EiE’s Bridging Engineering, Science and Technology (BEST) for Elementary Educators NSF grant, Salem State University elementary education majors are ready to engage future students in engineering activities.

BEST provides science and education faculty from eight Massachusetts community and four-year colleges the opportunity to participate in ongoing professional development in engineering content and pedagogy, develop engineering course integration modules for their courses, and engage students in engineering.

A collaboration supported by BEST between physics professor Deb Mason-McCaffrey and Patricia S. Bade of the Childhood Education Faculty brought education and physics students together to design, build and test parachutes. The education students were then able to help their practicum mentor teachers, who had participated in EiE professional development workshops, engage their students in other EiE units. “Isn’t this what we want?” observed Bade. “Faculty who have professional development in integrating engineering in their courses, preservice students who experience engineering in their science and education courses, and mentor teachers who have participated in EiE workshops.” The result: everyone engineers.

View a short video introduction to BEST.


Val's Hack

Our Resident MacGyver Shares Tips and Tricks

Have you ever gotten the vials of materials for Taking the Plunge: Designing Submersibles confused? So have we! But we’ve devised a nice trick to help us quickly identify the vials and make sorting them a breeze.

Group the vials by type, then make dots on their caps with a permanent marker, paint pen, or nail polish, using a different color for each group (you will need 12 different colors). To keep the dot from rubbing off with repeated use, you can place a small piece of clear tape over the color dot once it's dry. A few minutes work will save you time and aggravation for years to come!


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you've got it all lined up—
discussion questions, prep,
background content,

—fourth-grade teacher, on EiE


Fun Fact

Things You Never Knew About EiE

Like our Alarm Circuits unit? The working title for it was "Farm-Alarm-A-Ding-Dong" until we learned that farms are actually called stations in Australia.


Upcoming PD Opportunities

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

Everyone Engineers!

A 2-day hands-on workshop designed to introduce educators to the EiE curriculum and prepare them for implementing EiE in the classroom.
* November 8-9, 2012
* April 4-5, 2013
* July 10-11, 2013
* August 8-9, 2013

Teacher Educator Institutes

Our intensive three-day trainings for educators who want to provide EiE professional development to other teachers.
* October 24-26, 2012
* December 5-7, 2012
* March 13-15, 2013
* May 8-10, 2013
* October 23-25, 2013
* December 4-6, 2013


Notes from the Field

Summer's a quiet time, with many teachers pursuing different interests or responsibilities (hopefully including some relaxation!).

Maybe your catch-up list includes writing in to EiE News. We'd love to hear from you! Send questions, tips, and stories that might interest your colleagues to 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.


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

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