Raytheon Support Establishes EiE Partnerships

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Teachers try an EiE activity at an Alabama workshop.
Thursday, October 9, 2014

 

In 2011 the technology company Raytheon made a grant to the Museum of Science with the goal of making EiE professional development (PD) more readily available in three high-needs regions. That goal has been achieved: today, EiE has established collaborative relationships with the Arizona Science Center (ASC), University of Alabama, Huntsville, and District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), and all of these organizations now offer EiE PD to area teachers.

ASC not only offers EiE workshops, but has expanded its offerings to include PD for EiE's two out-of-school time curricula. In Alabama, a plan is in place for a statewide network of PD providers; 80 teachers and 25 teacher educators have attended Raytheon-sponsored workshops. In DC, a teacher educator who completed an EiE workshop just this summer is already facilitating EiE workshops for the district.

When teachers get great PD, students benefit. A survey of the teachers in each state who have implemented EiE thanks to the Raytheon initiative shows they overwhelmingly feel their students are more engaged, learning science concepts better, and showing improved creativity and collaboration.

For more information about the Raytheon initiative, read the EiE Blog.

EiE is a project of the National Center for Technological Literacy at the Museum of Science, Boston.

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