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Professional Development Workshops
Engineering Is Elementary is a curricular program that integrates engineering with elementary science topics. It is part of the National Center for Technological Literacy at the Museum of Science, Boston, whose aim is to enhance the knowledge of technology and inspire the next generation of engineers, inventors, and innovators. With this program, Maine educators can fulfil the goals set forth by Maine's STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) initiative.
The Maine STEM Collaborative is a statewide movement with two major goals: that Maine students graduate with essential knowledge and skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; and that Maine students aspire to continue in the STEM fields at the post-secondary level.
Seashore Trolley Museum brings hands-on experience with the Engineering Is Elementary curriculum to third to fifth grade teachers in your school or district for a half-day teacher professional development workshop in science and engineering. The "Alarming Idea" workshop prepares teachers to deliver engineering as an appropriate subject for elementary school students, enables them to participate in lesson plan simulations, and ensures that they will discover the fun of introducing their students to electricity.
“The Attraction is Obvious: Designing Maglev Systems” workshop helps third to fifth grade teachers meet the new learning results in Science and Technology, particularly the standards directed at scientific inquiry and technological design.
The workshop, held in August 2010, was lead by Melissa Higgins, a curriculum and research associate for the Engineering is Elementary project.
Funding for the teacher workshop comes from a National Railway Historical Society grant and donations to the Education Initiative at Seashore Trolley Museum.
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