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Contracts Bring Museum's Engineering Curriculum to Department of Defense Schools

January 25, 2015

Two contracts competitively awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) through project management partner IBSS Corporation are bringing the Museum of Science's Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) curriculum to teachers and students on military bases across the United States and in the Pacific region.

The first contract involves DoDEA's Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary School System (DDESS) serving 28,000 students in 65 schools in seven states and Puerto Rico; the second contract involves the DoDEA Pacific System serving nearly 24,000 students in 49 schools in Guam, Japan, Okinawa, and South Korea. Elementary teachers in both systems will implement the award-winning curriculum, which boosts student achievement in science and engineering along with interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. Developed by the Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®), EiE lessons integrate engineering and technology with science, language arts, social studies, and math through storybooks that feature children from different countries and hands-on design activities that engage students in solving real-world problems.

"STEM is key to creating and maintaining the systems and technologies that ensure our national security," says Museum president and director Ioannis Miaoulis. "This award greatly increases our ability to introduce young children to the engineering design skills so essential to innovation and technological literacy."

"DoD has made it a priority to spark student interest in STEM careers, and we think EiE will be a powerful addition to the DoDEA curriculum," says Museum vice president and EiE director Christine Cunningham.

A total of 23 DODEA domestic schools and 28 Pacific schools have already received EiE units under the two contracts and will begin to implement the curriculum this academic year. "We're thrilled to work with the Museum and support the mission of DoDEA," says Mark Ennis, IBSS director of business development. "This project is scaling to reach children on military bases all over the world and will have significant impact over time." The scope of the contract may expand in the future to include EiE teacher professional development.

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