Everett Teachers Bring Award-Winning Curriculum Into the Classroom
Thanks to a partnership with the Museum of Science and the dedication of EPS teachers, approximately 60 elementary-aged students participated in a Summer Enrichment program at the Keverian School aimed at boosting interest and proficiency in STEM.
“Our partnership with the Museum of Science has allowed our teachers to acquire the knowledge they need to effectively teach STEM in the elementary classroom,” said Science Director Ann Ritchie. “Thanks to the efforts of Senator Sal DiDomenico, Everett students are being exposed to STEM at an early age.”
Engineering is Elementary (EiE) is an award-winning program of the Museum of Science. The research-based, hands-on engineering curricula introduce learners to the engineering design process and create a generation of problem solvers. This past May, 21 Everett teachers received the training needed to roll out the curricula during the five-week program at the Keverian, which wrapped up on Friday, July 26. The district will expand its EiE programming throughout the coming school year.
The fun, flexible, and highly engaging coursework is designed to integrate with the science already being taught in Everett classrooms, while helping students develop essential understandings about engineering and the work that engineers do. Students discover how creativity and collaboration power effective engineering solutions.
“Research shows that students who engage with EiE show a greater interest in school, in possible careers in engineering, and perform better on science assessments,” said Interim Superintendent Janice Gauthier. “This is particularly true for students from demographics typically underrepresented in the STEM fields.”
A key component of EiE is professional development which helps educators build their skills and confidence in teaching engineering and technology with a variety of workshops in person and online.
Teacher Nelda O’Neill taught a unit in which the students created a process for making high-quality Play-Dough. The activities reinforce the science concepts “solid” and “liquid” as students explore the properties of different materials—and the properties of mixtures of materials. “It was a pleasure to teach, and the students really enjoyed it,” said O’Neill.
Christine Agosto’s students used their knowledge of plants, their problem-solving skills, and their creativity to design a package that can keep a plant alive and healthy during shipment. The students came up with several clever ways to turn simple materials into suitable carriers for their flowers.
The next phase of the partnership is to train an additional 20 teachers in early fall to implement EiE across the district during the 2019-2020 school year. The teacher PD, curriculum and supplies support engineering principles, as well as the state’s frameworks practices and standards.
Thanks to a partnership with the Museum of Science and the dedication of the district’s science teachers, approximately 60 students participated in a Summer Enrichment (SE) program at the Keverian School aimed at boosting interest and proficiency in STEM.