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Oracle, Museum of Science Bring Hands-on Engineering to Florida Schools

October 23, 2016

The Museum of Science, Boston and Oracle are collaborating with the Orlando Science Center (OSC) to bring an award-winning STEM curriculum developed by the Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) to Orlando area schools. A $25,000 Oracle grant supports 20 Florida elementary teachers in learning to implement the Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) curriculum through a professional development workshop hosted by OSC; scholarship recipients also receive EiE curriculum materials for classroom use.

"Enthusiastic, prepared teachers are essential to sparking student interest in STEM," says Museum president and NCTL founder Ioannis Miaoulis. "Oracle's generous support helps us to expand our education of elementary teachers nationwide who can engage young children in the STEM skills and concepts they need in our engineered world."

"When teachers are well prepared to teach engineering in the elementary grades, their students benefit," says EiE director and Museum vice president Christine Cunningham. "We're grateful to Oracle for this opportunity to support engineering education in Orlando with our OSC collaborators."

"Orlando Science Center is dedicated to providing our community's teachers with the training and support they need to make STEM concepts come alive for their students," says Orlando Science Center president and CEO JoAnn Newman. "We look forward to helping these teachers introduce EiE to their classrooms."

Oracle Museum grants have also supported EiE professional development in California's Silicon Valley and Massachusetts. EiE promotes educational equity by effectively supporting all children in engineering and science learning. Research shows that the curriculum also inspires student interest in science and engineering careers.

"Oracle's longstanding commitment to STEM and STEAM education has already impacted millions of students worldwide," said Colleen Cassity, executive director of Oracle Giving & Volunteers and the Oracle Education Foundation. "We're delighted to continue our collaboration with Engineering is Elementary to advance engineering education and engage diverse student populations."

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