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Alabama Selects Museum of Science Curriculum for STEM Initiative

January 15, 2016

The Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (AMSTI) has selected a curriculum developed at the Museum of Science, Boston for a statewide program to improve STEM education and promote educational equity. The Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) curriculum, created at the Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy®, will be offered to schools through 11 AMSTI support centers around the state, potentially reaching up to 140,000 elementary students.

"We are thrilled that AMSTI will be using Engineering is Elementary," says Museum president and director Ioannis Miaoulis. "Their validation of our research-based, teacher-tested program will greatly expand our ability to inspire children of all backgrounds with engaging hands-on engineering activities."

Alabama recently adopted new science standards that make engineering practices a routine part of K-12 instruction -- creating a need for curricula that help schools meet the standards. "We're so pleased by this recognition from Alabama -- and by the opportunity to support even more teachers and students in the state," notes EiE director and Museum vice president Christine Cunningham.

Though AMSTI's large-scale adoption of EiE is new, EiE's connection to the AMSTI center at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) is longstanding. In 2007, the UAH Institute for Science Education brought the curriculum to several local schools with support from NASA/Marshall Space Flight Center and Boeing. Then, in 2011, Raytheon made a $2 million award to the Museum for several initiatives designed to bring EiE to high-needs districts nationwide; one of these initiatives established an "EiE hub site" for professional development at the UAH AMSTI support center. By January 2015, Raytheon support helped bring EiE to some 12,440 Alabama students. "Alabama's adoption of EiE shows the meaningful impact we can have when we all work together to improve STEM education," said Kevin Byrnes, vice president, Raytheon Huntsville.

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