As an academic subject, engineering has traditionally been reserved for college students. But local students as young as kindergarten will be tackling engineering challenges as part of their classroom activities this year. Dr. Ogando announced July 19, 2016 that Whitesburg Elementary School has adopted the award-winning curriculum “Engineering is Elementary®” (EiE®), a project of the National Center of Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) at the Museum of Science, Boston.
New research shows instruction in engineering enhances the way students learn science—as well as math and other subjects.The nation’s largest elementary engineering curriculum, EiE has been used by an estimated 4.5 million children in all 50 states. The project-based, hands-on lessons are introduced by a set of storybooks that present kids from a variety of cultures and backgrounds who face real-world engineering challenges. After reading the stories, elementary students roll up their sleeves to test their own problem-solving skills, designing items like bridges, water filters, electrical circuits, biomedical devices, and solar ovens while working in teams, as real engineers do.
“We are very excited to offer this opportunity to the students of Whitesburg Elementary School. This is just one of the many steps our school community has committed to take on our journey to earn the national STEM certification through AdvancED. We want to thank North Georgia Turf for their generous donation to our school. Their continued support helped make this curriculum adoption a reality.” -Dr. Ogando