San Antonio District Lands Grant to Expand Engineering Education
grant of $37,000 from Raytheon allowed 25
teachers in the San Antonio Independent School District to attend a November 17
workshop to help them teach the Engineering is Elementary (EiE)
teachers also received an EiE curriculum guide and a materials kit with
everything they need to implement engineering activities in their
of Science, Boston created the EiE curriculum because curators there said they believed
engineering was one subject in most STEM (science, technology,
math) programs that has received little attention.
curriculum explores engineering fields — everything from electrical and
mechanical to biomedical engineering — with activities tied to the
behind each field. The goal is to both have the students learn the
become interested in engineering as a career.
curriculum includes storybooks with experiments that children as young
as 6 can
do to solve problems using a five-step engineering design process.
the teachers from the San Antonio district will also attend an EiE
Education Institute in Boston to acquire the skills to conduct similar
for other district teachers.
large urban school district, we understand the importance of providing
teachers with challenging instructional resources to engage our
STEM career fields," said Becky Landa, director of science and
management for the San Antonio district. "An early pathway to increase
literacy is critical."
Antonio grant is part of a larger $2-million Raytheon initiative
2011 to improve STEM education throughout the nation by expanding the
the EiE curriculum. San Antonio is one of four districts this year and
2013 to receive the Raytheon grants.
nation's competitiveness and economic growth depend on development of
talent, and teachers are vital to this effort," said Jack Harrington,
president of cybersecurity and special missions at Raytheon.
The Museum of
Science, Boston also
spent $200,000 earlier this month to help elementary school
engineering into their classroom instruction. The EiE curriculum was
at the museum's National
Center for Technological Literacy.
the release of the Next Generation Science Standards in 2013, there's a
expectation that engineering will be integrated with existing
science curricula, and schools and districts need an effective way to
said Museum of
Science, Boston Vice President Christine Cunningham, who founded EiE.
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.