Computer Science Program That Builds Problem-Solving Skills
Engineering is Elementary(EiE), the award-winning division of the Museum of Science, Boston, develops research-based, classroom-tested programs that empower children to become lifelong STEM learners and passionate problem-solvers. EiE’s Computer Science Essentials curriculum promotes computational thinking and digital literacy, and pairs it with sociocultural learning theory, an approach that emphasizes active participation in the social and material worlds. Through structured, hands-on experiences, students make sense and assign meaning to practices, while using the language and tools of computer science within the appropriate context. Computer Science Essentials prepares students to be computational problem-solvers in whatever career they choose, subject they study, or real-world challenge they may face. The program offers computational thinking, digital literacy, and coding skills for grades 1–5; step-by-step implementation guides for educators with everything from vocabulary supports, discussion and self-reflection prompts, teacher tips, and connections to other content areas; student scaffolding, including engaging, real-world contexts, practice, in-class examples, and Engineering Design Process supports; as well as flexible units that build on one another and can be implemented individually over time—all with professional development and implementation support.
For more than 35 years, TheWhite House Office of Science and Technology has bestowed the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) upon STEM teachers across the country and in US jurisdictions.
The Amazon Future Engineer program works to increase access to computer science (CS) education for children and young adults from underserved and underrepresented communities. High school seniors who want to study computer science can apply for one of a hundred $40,000 scholarships offered through the Amazon Future Engineer scholarship program.
For more than 35 years, TheWhite House Office of Science and Technology has bestowed the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching(PAEMST) upon STEM teachers across the country and in US jurisdictions. More than 5,300 teachers have received PAEMST, the highest honors bestowed by the United States government specifically for K–12 science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and/or computer science teaching. Awardees receive a trip to Washington, DC; a $10,000 award; and opportunities to network with colleagues from across the nation. To learn more about eligibility requirements, nominate a teacher, or apply yourself, visit www.paemst.org.