Nov 01, 2019 2019-11-01
The Museum of Science, Boston, develops exhibits, programs, and curricula that empower children to become lifelong STEM learners and passionate problem solvers. The museum offers seven engineering curricula (preK–12): “We Engineer,” “EiE for Kindergarten,” “Engineering is Elementary,” “Engineering Adventures,” “Engineering Everywhere,” “Building Math,” and “Engineering the Future.”
* Wee Engineer channels preschoolers’ natural curiosity and creativity into structured problem solving. Four hands-on engineering challenges ease learners into the worlds of science and technology as they practice social, fine motor, cognitive, and language skills.
* EiE for Kindergarten introduces engineering and the engineering design process in engaging and accessible ways for all young learners and educators. In two hands-on units, young learners practice the twenty-first century skills they are already developing in social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and language domains.
* Engineering is Elementary empowers elementary students to become innovative problem solvers who think creatively as they identify and solve challenges in a real-world context. Twenty standards-aligned engineering units build a foundation for STEM learning.
* Engineering Adventures engages learners in grades 3–5 in creative problem solving. Ten hands-on units center on meaningful, open-ended problems with a global context.
* Engineering Everywhere inspires learners in grades 6–8 to shape the world around them. Each of the 12 hands-on units begins with a Special Report video, which sets the context for the engineering design challenge and explores problems such as food scarcity, prosthetics, and disease control.
* Building Math design challenges capture the imagination of young engineers. Each of the three units poses hands-on design challenges in an adventure story that reinforces mathematical reasoning.
* And the high school curriculum, Engineering the Future, emphasizes the relevance of science and math concepts through real-world design projects. Students are guided in daily hands-on activities with four Engineering Notebooks. A complementary text, Engineering Connections, provides first-person stories from 30 practicing engineers and professionals in related fields who explain how their work relates to the student activities.