Museum of Science, Boston Selects Elementary Teachers for $200K STEM Scholarship Program


Chris San Antonio-Tunis, EiE
The EiE scholarship program builds on the success of the Raytheon program that brought these teachers to a Boston workshop in 2014.
Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Museum of Science, Boston has selected 100 elementary teachers from 24 states to receive scholarships under a new program designed to bring high-quality professional development (PD) in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to teachers at high-needs schools nationwide. The scholarship program will help teachers integrate engineering in their classrooms, using the award-winning Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) curriculum developed at the Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®).

The $200,000 scholarship program, which receives no outside funding from corporate, foundation, or government funders, embodies the NCTL mission to introduce engineering and technological literacy in schools and lifelong learning centers nationwide. Although many states have recently implemented new academic standards that put unprecedented emphasis on the "E" in STEM, engineering is a new subject for many elementary teachers, and most say they don’t feel well prepared to teach it.

"We are excited to offer elementary educators from Massachusetts to California the Museum's own scholarship program," says Museum president and director Ioannis Miaoulis. "It will build on the impact of successful corporate-funded EiE scholarship programs, such as one established by Raytheon, and greatly enhance our ability to foster enthusiastic teachers able to spark student interest in engineering."

"We launched the Engineering is Elementary program in 2003 with the express goal of supporting high-quality engineering education for all students—not just a chosen few—and starting at an early age," says EiE director and Museum vice president Christine Cunningham. "One way we do this is through our research-based curriculum; another way is through our professional development programs, designed to give teachers the subject-matter knowledge and pedagogical framework they need to be successful teaching engineering. By funding scholarships for teachers, we advance our mission to reach children who are underserved or traditionally underrepresented in STEM.”

Each scholarship recipient will receive a complete classroom set of EiE curriculum materials plus tuition and travel support to attend a two-day, hands-on teacher PD workshop at the Museum in Boston this spring or summer. "We offer workshops on an ongoing basis, so scholarship recipients can choose the training that best fits their schedule," says EiE scholarship coordinator Chantal Balesdent.

Because past EiE scholarship programs have primarily supported educators in high-needs urban school districts, some of the new scholarships were awarded to teachers in rural districts. "It can be especially challenging for teachers in rural districts to access high-quality professional development," says Cunningham. Another set of scholarships were awarded to teachers whose classes include a high proportion of English Language Learners—a growing population in U.S. schools.

EiE is the nation's most widely used engineering curriculum for students in grades 1 – 5; it has reached schools in all 50 states including statewide in Delaware, district wide in locations including Baltimore, Washington, DC, and Minneapolis, and in military schools under DoDEA. To date, EiE has reached more than 9 million students.

The 2016 EiE Scholarship recipients include the following: 

Akiko Arevalo, Marquez Charter School, Pacific Palisades, CA

Kimberly Armstrong, Wynne Primary School, Wynne, AR

Alison Baranowski, Havre de Grace Elementary, Havre de Grace, MD

Roy Bartnick, Chisholm Elementary School, Enid, OK

Lori Baryenbruch, River Valley Elementary - Spring Green, Spring Green, WI

Catherine Beasley, Washington-Rose Elementary School, Roosevelt, NY

Jake Beers, Perry Professional Development Center, Springdale, AR

Sheila Borenstein, Solano Elementary School, Phoenix, AZ

Sara Boudreau, Douglas MacArthur Elementary School, Waltham, MA

Elizabeth Bouwens, Charles Hollinger K-8 School, Tucson, AZ

Dana Brent, Lincoln Street Independent School, Red Bluff, CA

Meghan Briceland, Vesey Elementary School, Tucson, AZ

Adam Brua, Rutland Intermediate School, Rutland, VT

Kathy Brunetti, Hector Elementary School, Hector, AR

Roxann Camel, Villas Elementary School, Fort Myers, FL

Amy Casaldi, Islands Elementary School, Gilbert, AZ

Kelley Chapman, Williams Avenue Elementary, Fort Payne, AL

Sue Clark, Frances Owen Holaway Elementary School, Tucson, AZ

Elizabeth Coltey, Rutland Intermediate School, Rutland, VT

Julie Crawford, Wilson Elementary School, Costa Mesa, CA

Jessica Daniel, White Bluff Elementary School, White Bluff, TN

Deidre Davis, Neinas Elementary School, Detroit, MI

Roxanne Desmarais, Charlotte M. Murkland Elementary School, Lowell, MA

Paulette Donald, Crescent Heights Language Arts/Social Justice Magnet School, Los Angeles, CA

April Eagar, Round Valley Elementary School, Springerville, AZ

CT Erickson, Harp Elementary, Springdale, AR

Tammy Evans, Sonora Elementary School, Costa Mesa, CA

Barbara Ferguson, River Valley Elementary - Spring Green, Spring Green, WI

Melissa Fischer-Rasmussen, Port Salerno Elementary School, Stuart, FL

Kate La Riviere Gagner, Monkton Central School, North Ferrisburgh, VT

Carly Geanolous, Siloam Springs Intermediate School, Siloam Springs, AR

Elizabeth Getsinger, Westowne Elementary , Baltimore, MD

Laurie Gibson, McLeansville Elementary School, McLeansville, NC

Jakeisha Gibson, John W. Mack Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA

Andrea Gladden, Icard Elementary School, Connelly Springs, NC

Peter Gottlieb, Tunbridge Public Charter School, Baltimore, MD

Leslie Graham, Central Elementary School, La Grande, OR

Jennifer Graham, Bayyari Elementary School, Springdale, AR

Sara Hamel, Silk Hope School, Siler City, NC

Grace Han, Lord Baden-Powell Elementary School, Anaheim, CA

Martha Harney, Northeast Elementary School, Waltham, MA

Valarie Harp, Hartford Elementary School, Hartford, AR

Cheryl Heldt, University Place Elementary School, Huntsville, AL

Kevin Higginbottom, Haverhill Public Schools, Haverhill, MA

Paula Houde, Lin-Wood Elementary School, Lincoln, NH

Claudia Huse, Walker Elementary School, Springdale, AR

Ann Iott, Heritage Elementary School, Madison, AL

Jennifer Irons, Oaklawn Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School, Hot Springs, AR

Minna Jang, Westowne Elementary, Catonsville, MD

Annabelle Jones, McLeansville Elementary School, McLeansville, NC

Lisa Juarez, Port Salerno Elementary School, Stuart, FL

Annie Kalashian, Bradford Elementary School, Bradford, MA

Niki Kelso, White Bluff Elementary School, White Bluff, TN

Donna  Kirby-Blanchette, John Hannigan Elementary School, New Bedford, MA

Christina Knabe, Park Lakes Elementary School, Lauderdale Lakes, FL

Adrienne Kohli, Acton Elementary School, Acton, ME

Erica Krein, El Granada Elementary School, Half Moon Bay, CA

Mary Legoria, Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School, Baton Rouge, LA

Kelly Livingston, Socorro Sandoval Elementary School, Chicago, IL

Andrea Lynch, Churchville Elementary, Churchville, NY

Michelle Mattson, North Dickinson County School, Felch, MI

Kathleen McCormick, Henry Ford Elementary School, Dearborn, MI

Diane McGaffic, Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV, Grove City, PA

Bobbie McLean, Blytheville Primary School, Blytheville, AR

Juana Medina, Menlo Avenue Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA

Cheryl Miles, Lunenburg Elementary School, Lunenburg, VT

Jay Mooney, North Brookfield Elementary School, North Brookfield, MA

Amber Moore, New Market School, New Market, AL

Virginia Neil, Highland Elementary School, Monterey, VA

Wai Chin Ng, Josiah Quincy Elementary School, Boston, MA

Jason Nichols, Wynne Intermediate School, Wynne, AR

Ellen Overbye-Rabin, PS 19R (The Curtis School), Staten Island, NY

Katie Palmer, Thomas R. Plympton Elementary, Waltham, MA

Katie Panock, Mary E. Baker Elementary School, Brockton, MA

Janet Payne, Sycamore Elementary School, Simi Valley, CA

Paola Paz Soldan, Las Palmas Elementary School, San Clemente, CA

Anthony Perez, Sunset Elementary School, Phoenix, AZ

Michele Pettis, Williams Avenue Elementary School, Fort Payne, AL

Virginia Ponder, Monarch Elementary School, Union, SC

Amanda Premont, Bradford Elementary School, Bradford, MA

Katrina Prince, Oak Grove Middle School, Paragould, AR

Jeannine Reed-Gommel, Twin Oaks Elementary School, San Marcos, CA

Kelly Schaffer, Tunbridge Public Charter School, Baltimore, MD

Tracy Schifferns, McKinley Elementary School, Santa Barbara, CA

Jennifer Shiver, Scott Elementary School, Thomasville, GA

Jodi Sikma, Hamilton Elementary School, Hamilton, MI

Jackie Smith, Mill Creek Elementary School, Madison, AL

Shanaan Speed, Dr. Charles P. Defuccio School, P.S. #39, Jersey City, NJ

Holly Steffes, Greenfield Bilingual School, Milwaukee, WI

Leslie Swain-Store, Network 9, Chicago, IL

Donna Talley, Long Valley Charter School, Doyle, CA

Diane Tarbet, Mary E. Baker Elementary School, Brockton, MA

Treva Tarkington, Oaklawn Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School, Hot Springs, AR

Christina Taylor, Dr. Charles P. Defuccio School, P.S. #39, Jersey City, NJ

Nikkol Turley, Bret Harte Math & Science Magnet Cluster School, Chicago, IL

Deborah Ward, Dale City Elementary School, Dale City, VA

Karissa Weiler, Helen Keeling Elementary School, Tucson, AZ

Thelma Whaling, Evergreen Elementary School, Casa Grande, AZ

Araceli Woodhead, Ninth Street Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA

Cindy Yuen, Alcott Elementary School, Pomona, CA

For more information contact Cynthia Berger, 814-574-8017 or Erin Shannon 617-589-0250

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 10.1 million students and 112,700 educators, its National Center for Technological Literacy® 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 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 Science Behind Pixar, created in collaboration with Pixar Animation Studios, has begun a 10-year national tour. The Museum has also led a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. Visit: