MA Elementary Teachers Selected for Oracle STEM Professional Development Awards

Program will bring "Engineering is Elementary" to MA classrooms


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Thanks to support from the information technology company Oracle, 20 Massachusetts elementary teachers will implement the award-winning STEM curriculum Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) in their classrooms. The program is made possible by a grant from Oracle to the National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) at the Museum of Science, Boston, where EiE is based.

The teachers were selected through a competitive process; each one will receive a complete set of EiE curriculum materials and attend a professional development workshop at the Museum on August 18, 2015. “High-quality professional development in the STEM fields—science, technology, engineering, and math—is a critical need for elementary teachers,” says EiE director Christine Cunningham. “By helping teachers build their skills, Oracle is helping to make a difference for Massachusetts students for years to come.”

This is the second year that Oracle has supported elementary engineering education with a grant to the Museum; last year, elementary educators in California’s Silicon Valley were the recipients of the PD awards.

"Oracle's generous support helps us to expand our preparation of elementary teachers nationwide who can engage young children in the STEM skills and concepts they need in today's engineered world," says Museum president and NCTL founder Ioannis Miaoulis.

“As one of the world’s leading technology pioneers, Oracle is thrilled to support the next generation of innovators at the beginning of their engineering journey,” said Colleen Cassity, Executive Director of Oracle Giving & Volunteers and the Oracle Education Foundation. “Teacher training in STEM fields is critical to the growth, creativity and professional trajectory of tomorrow’s leading minds. Engineering is Elementary shares Oracle’s commitment to advancing engineering education to a diverse range of students across the country.”

The Oracle-EiE PD scholarship recipients include the following Massachusetts teachers:

Jennifer Brown, McKay Arts Academy, Fitchburg, MA

Jaclyn Campos,  Frank M. Silvia Elementary School, Fall River, MA

Patricia Cormier, Webster Middle School, Webster, MA

Nicole Donofrio, Louise A. Conley Elementary School, Whitman, MA

Kerien Driscoll, STEM Academy at the Edith Nourse Rogers School, Lowell, MA

Carolyn Dubois, Carlos Pacheco Elementary School, New Bedford, MA

Jaime Leger, C. A. Farley Elementary School, Hudson, MA

Nathan Lewallen, McKinley Middle School, Boston, MA

Katie LoBuono, South Street Elementary School,  Fitchburg, MA

Rachel Matzdorff, Wollaston Elementary School, Quincy, MA

Heather McKusick, Warren Community Elementary School, West Warren, MA

Julie Muldoon, Sacred Heart School, Roslindale, MA

Rebecca Neet, Undermountain Elementary School, Sheffield MA

Stephanie Rennie, STEM Academy at the Edith Nourse Rogers School, Lowell, MA

Patricia Romer,  Berlin Memorial School, Berlin, MA

Heidi Schnabel,  Miriam F. McCarthy Elementary School,   Framingham, MA

Hilary Seager, Design and Engineering Academy - Dr. Elmer S. Bagnall Elementary School, Groveland, MA

Caitlin Woods, H. B. Lawrence Full Service Community School, Holyoke, MA

Lisa DiPersio, Columbus Elementary School, Medford, MA

Theresa Noons, North Elementary School, Somerset, MA


About Engineering is Elementary

EiE is a project of the Museum of Science, Boston, developed with support from the National Science Foundation. The EiE curriculum includes 20 units that integrate science topics with a specific field of engineering. Through the use of storybooks, EiE introduces students to children from different cultures and backgrounds who are trying to solve engineering problems. EiE students as young as six years old conduct their own experiments to collect the data needed to solve a similar problem using a five-step engineering design process.

About the Museum of Science, Boston

The Museum of Science, Boston is the nation's first science museum with a comprehensive strategy and infrastructure to foster technological literacy in science museums and schools across the United States. Having reached an estimated 8.3 million students and 93,600 teachers, its NCTL also received the National Science Board's Public Service Award in May 2015. One of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science introduces about 1.4 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include The Science Behind Pixar, the Hall of Human Life, Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 4-D Theater, and Butterfly Garden. The Museum also leads a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. Visit:



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