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Museum of Science Awards its First Engineering Scholarships

January 17, 2016

A new scholarship program created by the Museum of Science, Boston will help 100 teachers in 24 states bring the award-winning Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) curriculum, developed at the Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®), to their classrooms this spring. Some scholarships were awarded on a competitive basis to teachers at rural schools and teachers of English language learners; others were awarded by EiE staff and by members of the project's national network of professional development providers who identified deserving schools in their networks.

Funding for the scholarships comes from a $200,000 investment by the Museum aimed at enhancing STEM education at high-needs schools nationwide. Although EiE scholarships have been available in the past thanks to the generosity of corporate funders, this is the first time the Museum has offered its own scholarships.

"We are very excited to offer elementary educators from Massachusetts to California the Museum's own scholarship program," says Museum president and director Ioannis Miaoulis. "It will build on the impact of successful corporate-funded EiE scholarship programs, such as one established by Raytheon, and greatly enhance our ability to foster enthusiastic teachers able to spark student interest in engineering."

Each scholarship recipient will receive a complete set of EiE curriculum materials, including lesson plans and engineering materials, plus tuition and travel support to attend a two-day, hands-on EiE teacher professional development workshop at the Museum.

"EiE's core mission is to see that all students have access to high-quality engineering education, starting at an early age," says EiE director and Museum vice president Christine Cunningham. "We know that many schools face serious budget constraints; that's why we work hard to make sure our materials are not only high quality but low cost, and it's why we chose to invest in our own scholarship program."

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