“[Delaware] is employing a program out of the Boston Museum of Science called Engineering is Elementary. It literally starts in first grade, and it has the greatest little modules at the appropriate level for the grade level. That’s what’s needed. Because by the time a kid gets to eighth grade, it’s almost too late.”
-- Ellen Kullman, CEO, DuPont
Engineering is Elementary's elementary school engineering curriculum has reached almost 59,000 teachers and 4.2 million students nationwide. Rigorous studies show that EiE has a significant impact on students' performance in science and boosts their enthusiasm for engineering.
EiE has four goals: (1) increase children's technological literacy, (2) increase elementary-school educators' ability to teach engineering and technology, (3) increase the number of schools in the U.S. that include engineering at the elementary level, and (4) conduct research and assessment to further the first three goals and contribute to knowledge about engineering teaching and learning at the elementary level. EiE materials have been designed to reach all children; the project has a firm commitment to engaging populations that are currently underserved and underrepresented in STEM.
It costs roughly $20,000 to support EiE in a typical elementary school with about 400-500 students, though costs can vary by school size.
The programs in this database clear a high bar. STEMworks reviewed each program against CTEq's Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy.
Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.
Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.
Ensure work is sustainable.
Demonstrate replicability and scalability.
Create high impact partnerships
Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.
Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience
Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.
Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.
Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.