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Scholarship Programs Help Museum Bring Teachers STEM PD

July 15, 2016

This summer, the Museum of Science, Boston is helping 226 educators from around the country develop their skills teaching engineering via three scholarship programs. Two programs are possible with support from the corporations MathWorks and Oracle; one is the Museum's own. All will help elementary teachers implement Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®), the award-winning curriculum developed at the Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy®, with professional development (PD) and curriculum materials for each recipient.

"We are excited to reach so many educators through these scholarship programs," says Museum president and director Ioannis Miaoulis. "Support from our corporate partners greatly enhances our ability to help educators teach elementary engineering with confidence and inspire student interest in STEM skills."

The MathWorks-EiE program targets educators at high-needs elementary schools in three Massachusetts cities: Haverhill, Brockton, and Lowell. Two dozen teachers will attend an EiE workshop at the Museum this August. Although the scholarship program is new, MathWorks is a longstanding Museum corporate supporter. It has provided MATLAB® software to the Museum's Hall of Human Life and sponsored giant-screen films and Free Film Fridays.

The Oracle-EiE program will support 20 elementary teachers in Orlando, Florida; the Orlando Science Center, an EiE professional development collaborator, will host the workshop. This is the third year that Oracle has supported elementary engineering education with a grant to the Museum. Oracle scholarships went to educators in California's Silicon Valley in 2014 and Massachusetts teachers in 2015.

This past year, the Museum launched its own scholarship program, committing $200,000 to support EIE teachers at high-needs schools nationwide. A total of 182 educators were selected through a highly competitive process and will travel to Boston this summer for workshops.

EiE is the nation's most widely used engineering curriculum for students in grades 1-5. It has reached more than 115,600 teachers and 10.2 million students.

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