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Engineering is Elementary at Museum of Science, Boston

EIEThe Engineering is Elementary (EiE) project aims to foster engineering and technological literacy among children. EiE is creating a research-based, standards-driven, and classroom-tested curriculum that integrates engineering and technology concepts and skills with elementary science topics. EiE lessons not only promote K-12 science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning, but also connect with literacy and social studies.

Storybooks featuring children from a variety of cultures and backgrounds introduce students to an engineering problem. Students are then challenged to solve a problem similar to that faced by the storybook character. Through a hands-on engineering design challenge, students work in teams to apply their knowledge of science and mathematics; use their inquiry and problem-solving skills; and tap their creativity as they design, create, and improve possible solutions. In the end, students realize that everyone can engineer!

The Engineering is Elementary project also helps elementary school educators enhance their understanding of engineering concepts and pedagogy through professional development workshops and resources.

Engineering is Elementary
1 Science Park
MA, 02114
Contact: Engineering is Elementary
Grade Level: K-12, Elementary School
Discipline: Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Technology

2 Responses to “Engineering is Elementary at Museum of Science, Boston”

  1. I have a 5th grade student who is very good at folding and making things from paper! He made practically every model in the paper airplane book. Just today, I found a machine gun (complete with moving cartridge) that he made solely from rolled paper and scotch tape! He also spends much of his class time taking apart his pens and “fixing” them.

    I feel that he’s really talented, but I don’t know how to channel this energy. Can you recommend books? Activities? Summer programs? Contests that he can enter?

  2. Hi Cynthia,

    Your son sounds wonderful! We have a lot of resources for you on our site, some of which you’ll find in the “For Teachers” section.

    Our eGFI magazine: Read for free here: and purchase here:
    Outreach programs:
    Summer camps/programs:

    Finally, check out this site for more activities and camps:

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