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CISCO Awards $125K to Museum of Science Digital Engineering Initiative for Teachers

October 26, 2016

Cisco Systems, Inc. will fund a pilot project to create digital professional development resources for teachers of elementary engineering nationwide via a Global Impact Grant. The $125,000 grant from the world's largest networking company supports the Museum of Science, Boston's mission to transform engineering and technology education across the United States and beyond.

The Cisco initiative is called "Engineering is Elementary: Implementation Support through Online Resources." Over the next year, Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) staff at the Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) will create and pilot-test a variety of online and on-demand professional development resources, all designed to support educators in implementing EiE, an award-winning curriculum for grades 1-5.

"This generous gift from Cisco, a longtime Museum supporter, enables the creation of a multifaceted array of online webinars, video chats, and other resources for preparing educators to implement classroom engineering," says Museum of Science president and NCTL founder Ioannis Miaoulis. "We are thrilled to be able to expand our efforts to introduce engineering to teachers and teacher educators through this unique digital initiative."

As engineering has become increasingly integrated with K-12 science education, EiE has grown into the nation's most widely used elementary engineering curriculum, reaching an estimated 12.6 million children. It is used in all 50 states and districtwide in such large cities as Washington, DC, and Minneapolis.

"Online delivery of professional development is especially important in rural districts where travel is difficult, and in districts with high proportions of underserved students, where limited budgets often prevent access to training," says Christine Cunningham, EiE director and Museum vice president. "We're so grateful to Cisco for enabling us to expand our menu of PD offerings into the digital realm."

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