Christine M. Cunningham, “Engineering EiE®: The Development of an Elementary Engineering Curriculum”

Thursday, January 14, 2016
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


Free Event

Christine M. Cunningham, the Founder and Director of Engineering is Elementary®, developed by the Museum of Science, Boston, will give this free talk. Increasingly, engineering concepts and skills are being included in elementary-level instruction, as national and state standards place unprecedented emphasis on integrating science with engineering starting with the youngest students. This change presents some exciting possibilities – and also some challenges, as educators explore how to introduce engineering in an age-appropriate manner and in a way that’s inclusive for all students. This talk explores the development process for an elementary engineering curriculum, Engineering is Elementary®. Parallels between the engineering design process and the process of curriculum design are highlighted. Design principles for curriculum are articulated and short videos from classrooms demonstrate how these principles can be translated into experiences for students that foster engineering habits