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Museum Curriculum Chosen for NYC Summer School Programs

October 24, 2016

This past summer, thousands of New York City students boosted their STEM skills -- and their understanding of what it's like to be an engineer -- by learning with three different curricula developed by the Museum of Science, Boston's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®).

The New York Department of Education used two out-of-school-time (OST) curricula, Engineering Adventures® (for grades 3- 5) and Engineering Everywhere™ (for grades 6-8) in "Summer in the City," a mandated program for students who need to do more work over the summer to meet the promotion standards for their grade, as well as "STEM Summer in the City," a free, elective program for 2nd -10th graders.

Both programs operated at schools in all five boroughs (Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island). Meanwhile the Museum's award-winning in-school curriculum Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) was selected as a summer school curriculum for English Language Learners (ELL) in 63 locations around the city.

"We chose these curricula for our summer programs because they foster global awareness and necessary twenty-first century skills while being engaging for both teachers and students alike," says Nancy Wood, director of technology and engineering for the New York City Department of Education.

EiE professional development providers traveled to the city to facilitate OST workshops for 67 New York City educators and OST train-the-trainer workshops for another 85 teachers.

"Some of the teachers who attended were already familiar with Engineering is Elementary," says EiE workshop facilitator Elissa Jordan, "so they were really excited to try our two out-of-school-time programs -- and to see how both curricula meshed with the goals for summer STEM enrichment.

"It was also inspiring to see how educators with no previous experience learned from their colleagues," Jordan adds. "We heard a lot of passionate conversations about STEM education!"

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