Local Teacher Awarded Prestigious STEM Scholarship – News – Booneville Democrat – Arkansas News

Local Teacher Awarded Prestigious STEM Scholarship – News – Booneville Democrat – Arkansas News

A scholarship from Engineering is Elementary (EIE) will support professional development for Georgia Littleton at Booneville School District, helping her introduce the engineering and technology components of STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — to her students using the award-winning Engineering is Elementary curriculum.

Recipients engage in high-quality professional development and leave with a set of classroom materials.

This scholarships is funded by the Museum of Science, Boston, where Engineering is Elementary was created as part of its mission to introduce engineering and technological literacy in schools and lifelong learning centers nationwide.

Although many states have recently implemented new academic standards that put unprecedented emphasis on the “E” in STEM, engineering is a new subject for many elementary teachers, and most say they don’t feel well prepared to teach it.

“By funding scholarships for teachers, we advance our mission to reach children who are underserved or traditionally underrepresented in STEM,” says EiE director and Museum vice president Christine Cunningham. “One way we support high-quality engineering education for all students is through our research-based curriculum and through accessible professional development programs, which are designed to give teachers the subject-matter knowledge and pedagogical framework they need to be successful teaching engineering.”

“Our school district appreciates the generous support from the Museum of Science, Boston which helps us continue to provide outstanding instruction. Booneville School District is excited that Mrs. Littleton will be prepared…

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