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Three STEM Conference Keynotes Focus on Museum Curriculum

April 18, 2015

Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®), the award-winning STEM curriculum developed at the Museum of Science's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®), was the focus of three keynote presentations at STEM conferences in Los Angeles, California, New York City, and Princeton, New Jersey.

Museum vice president and EiE director Christine Cunningham addressed the IEEE ISEC (Integrated STEM Education Conference) on March 7, the California STEM Summit on March 16, and the New York City Department of Education's Spring STEM Summit on April 7.

The presentations drew on EiE's expansive library of candid classroom video footage to illuminate how elementary engineering integrates with and supports the learning goals set by new state and national standards.

All three events shared the goal of improving STEM education on a large scale. ISEC is hosted by IEEE, an international professional association devoted to the advancement of technology; the California STEM Summit is hosted by the California STEM Learning Network, which aims to increase equity and innovation in STEM education statewide; and the New York institute is part of a larger initiative, supported with $3.2 million in funding from the GE Foundation, to provide enhanced STEM professional development and career education instruction to teachers in the city.

"At the elementary level, engineering is still a new idea for many teachers and administrators," Cunningham notes. "We find that when audiences get a peek inside a real classroom, those pictures are worth more than a thousand words; the videos provide a compelling illustration of the educational benefits of early engineering."

Cunningham also presented EiE research results at the 2015 NARST annual international conference on April 11. Formerly known as the National Association for Research on Science Teaching, NARST is a worldwide organization for improving science teaching and learning through research.

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