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Museum, AIR Worldwide Bring Engineering to Boston Schools

April 16, 2016

The Museum of Science, Boston and AIR Worldwide (AIR), a Boston-based risk-modeling firm, are collaborating with Boston Public Schools (BPS) to bring engineering to six elementary schools. A $15,000 grant from AIR will enable educators to introduce 300 students to Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®), the award-winning curriculum created at the Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy®.

While engineering is still mainly reserved for college, Museum president Ioannis Miaoulis says, "Introducing young children to engineering design skills will spark them to use math and science to solve problems. Enthusiastic prepared teachers are key; we are grateful for AIR's support."

"Many elementary teachers don't feel prepared to teach engineering and science, so high-quality professional development is critical," says EiE director and Museum vice president Christine Cunningham. "By helping teachers build skills and confidence in teaching engineering, AIR Worldwide is helping to make a difference for students for years to come."

Eighteen BPS educators participated in a Museum workshop, exploring teaching strategies and learning to integrate engineering into the classroom by trying an EiE activity themselves. They also received EiE curriculum materials and supplies to implement the hands-on, inquiry-based engineering activities. (See photo.)

"We are excited to pilot Engineering is Elementary in our schools and appreciate the support from AIR Worldwide and all our community partners," said Pamela Pelletier, BPS director of K-12 science and technology/engineering. "Collaborations with institutions like the Museum and businesses like AIR are helpful to expand STEM learning opportunities for students."

"We're pleased to collaborate with the Museum on an initiative that brings high-quality professional development to teachers and engaging, hands-on learning to students in Boston," says AIR Worldwide president Bill Churney. "Helping children get excited about STEM learning and careers at an early age is a critical national need, one that our company, with backing from our parent company Verisk Analytics, is committed to supporting."

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