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EIE Kits (Engineering Is Elementary)

Engineering is Elementary DEveloped by the Museum of Science, Boston

Engineering is Elementary (EiE) is a project of the National Center for Technological Literacy at the Museum of Science, Boston.  The EiE curriculum integrates engineering with science and improves student understanding of technology.  These connections are important!  Though people ten to think of science, engineering, and technology as three separate things, they're actually closely connected.

  • Every unit uses a filed of engineering as a unifying theme.
  • Lessons are flexible--they can be adapted for different grades/abilities.
  • Lessons are scaffolded--they build logically to the final engineering design challenge. 
  • All activities use simple, inexpensive materials.
  • We choose activities that appeal to ALL students--including girls and members of minority groups. 

We recommend teaching EiE units using pedagogical methods based on a social constructivist view of learning.  These include the following:

  • Contextual Learning and Problem Solving - EiE engineering design challenges and shows students how what they learn in school connects with the world around them,
  •  Collaborative Learning and Teamwork - Most EiE activities involves small-group work that encourages students to consider more than one solution or idea and work collaboratively.
  • Communication - All EiE curricula develop students' communication skills and encourage them to share ideas in several ways: speaking, writing, drawing, and building. 
  • Project-based Learning - EiE's engineering design challenges engage students in inquiry.  As they analyze their own data and make decisions about their designs, students engage with contact, hone their critical-thinking skills, and take ownership of their learning.

TCDE offers two EiE kits for teacher use for Grades 1-5 (although they can be adapted K-12)  There are four separate lessons that makeup each kit. These kits are for classroom sizes up to 30 students.  Trainings will be offered by ESS on how to use the materials in classrooms; highly suggested. Click the following links to see the available units.