Museum of Science, Boston and Oracle Team Up Again to Bring Hands-on Engineering Education to Central Florida Schools

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

BOSTON, Mass. -- The Museum of Science, Boston and Oracle are collaborating with the Orlando Science Center (OSC) to bring an award-winning STEM curriculum, Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®), to elementary schools in the Orlando area. A $25,000 grant from Oracle will support 20 Florida elementary teachers in learning to implement the Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) curriculum through a professional development workshop hosted by OSC; the scholarship recipients will also receive a complete set of EiE curriculum materials to use in their classrooms.

“At the Museum of Science, Boston, we aim to inspire the next generation of problem solvers and critical thinkers,” says Museum President and Director Ioannis Miaoulis. "Oracle's continued support helps us achieve this goal by helping us provide elementary teachers with the resources and supports that they need to effectively engage all young children in the engineering design process.”

 “Professional development benefits teachers and students. When teachers understand the value of the engineering, they are more enthusiastic and more effective in the classroom,” says EiE Director and Museum Vice President Christine Cunningham. “We’re grateful for Oracle’s ongoing support, which has enabled the Museum to bring engineering education to the Orlando area together with our collaborators at OSC.”

This is the fourth year that Oracle has supported elementary engineering education with a grant to the Museum. In past years, Oracle supported EiE professional development for elementary educators in Florida, California’s Silicon Valley and Massachusetts.

The award-winning EiE curriculum is demonstrated to promote educational equity by effectively supporting all children in engineering and science learning. Research by the EiE team and by outside evaluators shows that the curriculum also sparks student interest in science and engineering careers.

 “Oracle’s longstanding commitment to STEAM education has already benefited millions of students worldwide,” said Colleen Cassity, executive director of Oracle Corporate Citizenship. “We’re delighted to continue our collaboration with Engineering is Elementary, an organization that shares in our work to advance engineering education and engage diverse student populations throughout America.”

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

One of the world's largest science centers and New England's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces more than 1.5 million visitors a year to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) through the world-class interactive exhibits, programs and K-12 curricula of its William and Charlotte Bloomberg Science Education Center. An extraordinary variety of learning experiences span the Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River, 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 with Pixar Animation Studios, is touring nationally. The Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® K-12 curricula, including its award-winning Engineering is Elementary®, have reached an estimated 13 million students and 129,700 educators. Visit: http://www.mos.org.

About the Orlando Science Center

Located in Orlando, Fla., interactive learning and discovery await within the Science Center’s hundreds of exhibits, programs, labs, films and planetarium shows. The Science Center provides educational opportunities both within and outside its walls including field trips, family science nights at schools and community centers, and other outreach.

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