The “E” in Stem


Christine M. Cunningham and her book, Engineering in Elementary STEM Education: Curriculum Design, Instruction, Learning, and Assessment, gives teachers an immediate framework for implementing the engineering design process into their curriculum. Passionate about bringing an engineer’s understanding of the world to all students, Cunningham focuses on the design process, and the problems engineers face. The result? Ideas and practices for elementary students that include critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration.

As more and more states adopt the National Science Foundation standards, schools are looking for ways to implement the engineering standards into their curriculum. Christine Cunningham’s framework will help teachers, schools, districts, and communities understand how to implement the “E” in STEM education.

Cunningham has worked at the Museum of Science in Boston, heading a task force of engineers intent on bringing their expertise, ideas, and practices to schools. Focusing on diverse learners and 21st-century skills, her work at the Museum of Science has already reached more than 165,000 educators.

Through reading and research, educators taking this course will explore strategies to integrate engineering into elementary STEM education. Educators will investigate special topics and implement new learning into their teaching environment.

This course is equivalent to 3 semester hours or 4.5 quarter hours. It is a graduate-level course intended for K-12 educators who have completed a bachelor’s degree. It is recommended that you receive board or district approval before registering with TPAI.

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