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Engineering is Elementary Featured at USA Science & Engineering Festival and Related Events

April 10, 2012

The Museum of Science and its Engineering is Elementary® team from the National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) will offer engaging activities for everyone at the 2nd USA Science & Engineering Festival (the nation's largest) in Washington, DC, April 28-29. The EXPO in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center will feature MythBusters Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman, Bill Nye the Science Guy, and over 3,000 interactive exhibits, shows, and presentations.

Plan to visit the Museum of Science's EXPO activities in the Washington Convention Center:

Hall A, Booth 3030 Ocean engineering with the NCTL Festival-goers will design a submersible based on Engineering is Elementary's Taking the Plunge: Designing Submersibles unit, which links the science of sinking and floating to ocean engineering.

Hall A, Booth BF-14 Engineering is Elementary storybooks at the book fair Visitors can explore all 20 of the curriculum's illustrated storybooks. Each features a child from a different country who uses the engineering design process to solve a problem in his/her community. The storybooks are used in and out of classrooms across the globe. Visitors can also check out a few of the companion teacher guides.

Hall B, Booth 2715 Science of Kids: Ask! Play! Learn! with the Museum's Discovery Center and the American Psychological Association Festival-goers who wonder how scientists study children's play and learning, can play with cleverly designed toys themselves, make scientific observations about how children learn, try out demonstrations of research methods used by psychologists, and talk with scientists who study child development.

Pre-Festival events include:

On April 26: 1:00-3:30 pm (Westin Alexandria Hotel), At the National Girls Collaborative Project Conference committed to fostering girls' interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Museum of Science vice president Christine Cunningham will discuss engineering activities that attract all students, such as the Museum's EiE curriculum, designed to reach at-risk youth and others underrepresented in STEM. Attendees can design hand pollinators, while exploring agricultural engineering. To register, visit:

On April 27 (Washington Convention Center) at an invitation-only sneak peek, area and underserved students and teachers, military families, government officials, and others can tour EXPO exhibits including EiE's Hall A, Booth 3030. In free workshops organized by NCTL and hosted by Purdue University's INSPIRE, teachers will learn about EiE's agricultural engineering unit, Building Math, and Model Eliciting Activities.

On April 26-28 (Washington Plaza Hotel), at the second P-12 Engineering and Design Education Research Summit, organized by INSPIRE at Purdue University, NCTL, Texas Tech University, and Utah State University:

--April 27: 10:15 - 11:30 am EiE's Cathy Lachapelle will present "What is engineering? A survey of elementary students."

--April 28: 9:00 -10:15 am Christine Cunningham will discuss "Engaging All Students in Engineering and STEM." To register:

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The Museum of Science, Boston

  1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114  phone: 617-723-2500