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Engineering is Elementary Program Debuts in Alaska

Juneau, AK (March 20, 2012) –The first Engineering is Elementary (EiE) teacher workshops will debut in Alaska during the week of March 19 – 23, 2012 in the Mat-Su, Anchorage, and Fairbanks North Star Borough School Districts. The EiE project fosters engineering and technological literacy among elementary school students and educators. In the program’s first year of implementation in Alaska it has already received support from statewide sponsors BP and CH2MHill.

Staff from STEM AK, a program of the Juneau Economic Development Council (JEDC), have attended the EiE Teacher Educator Institute and now offer teacher professional development workshops to those districts and schools who would like to implement EiE in their classrooms. Robert Vieth went through training for the program in Boston earlier this year and is currently the only certified trainer in the state of Alaska.

Children are born engineers—they are fascinated with building, with taking things apart, and with how things work. However, K-12 educational settings have traditionally done little to develop children’s engineering and technological literacy. EiE has created a research-based, standards-driven, and classroom-tested curriculum that integrates engineering and technology concepts and skills with elementary science topics. EiE lessons not only promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning in grades 2-5, but also connect with literacy and social studies. To date, EiE has reached over 2.7 million students and 33,000 teachers and is presently used in all fifty states.

For more information on this program in Alaska, visit stemak.org/engineering-elementary or contact EiE Instructor, Robert Vieth, at rvieth@jedc.org or 907-523-2342. For media inquiries, contact Adrien Lopez, Communications Officer for the Juneau Economic Development Council, at alopez@jedc.org or 907-523-2323

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