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Museum Video is Audience Favorite at NSF Online Showcase

July 14, 2016

For the second year in a row, a short video created by the Museum of Science curriculum project Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) was an audience favorite at an online video showcase hosted by the National Science Foundation (NSF). The video, "Every Kid Can Engineer," was recognized with both a Public Choice award from showcase visitors and a Presenters' Choice award from the other participating educational researchers.

The theme of this year's showcase, "Advancing STEM for All," was a natural fit for EiE, which was expressly designed to support learning for children of all backgrounds and abilities. The EiE entry was one of 156 short videos on display, each representing an NSF-funded K-12 STEM education research project.

The agency created the video showcase in 2015 to make the public more aware of how NSF supports research in STEM education, and the strategy seems to be paying off: this year, more than 23,500 people from 144 countries paid virtual visits. The showcase also promoted online conversations between researchers and visitors with more than 2,750 posts exchanged.

"Special congratulations go to the EiE videography team that develops online video resources to support engineering educators," says EiE director Christine Cunningham. "They've created an outstanding collection of short videos over the last few years, and their recognition from the NSF showcase is well deserved."

Initially developed with support from NSF, EiE is wrapping up a second NSF-funded initiative: a three-year, $3-million "gold standard" study of the design elements that make elementary engineering curricula effective.

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