National Center for Technological Literacy - Museum of Science, Boston
October 2014
NCTL E-NEWS
Dear STEM Supporters,

While the 113th Congress hasn't yet been able to reauthorize the America COMPETES Act providing for investments in STEM research and education, I commend bills embracing informal science education and programs that include technology, engineering, and computer science. It's critical that Congress craft bipartisan legislation in the spirit of America COMPETES next year.

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Ioannis Miaoulis and the NCTL team
nctlinfo@mos.org


THE NATION
Museum of Science Engineering Curriculum Wins International Prize
The International Society for Design and Development in Education has awarded the 2014 ISDDE Prize to Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®), the inquiry-based curriculum for grades K–5 developed by the Museum of Science, Boston through its National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®). Museum vice president and EiE director Christine Cunningham accepted the prize.

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Museum Engages Informal Educators in Engineering Design
woman in workshopIn September, the Museum of Science hosted a workshop for museum educators on "Facilitation Research in Engineering Design Education." The event, supported by an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant, brought together professionals from 22 museums in North America to discuss best practices and research in design-based engineering education. (Photo right).

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STATE NEWS
Oracle Grant Brings Museum of Science Curricula to Silicon Valley
An Oracle grant brings two Museum of Science engineering curricula to California classrooms and afterschool programs. One is Engineering is Elementary® for students in grades 1-5, recognized by the Silicon Valley Education Foundation; the other, Engineering Adventures® for students in grades 3–5 in out-of-school-time programs.

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7th Graders Build a Bog Using STEAM Skills
Right now, 88 Wareham (Massachusetts) middle schoolers are using STEAM skills to create a cranberry bog. Sparked by a 2009 Gateway Institute at the Museum of Science, a science teacher helps launch a STEAM Academy for 7th graders to use science, technology, engineering, art, and math in a real-life project linked to state standards.

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PARTNER & OTHER NEWS
Raytheon Award Supports Teacher Professional Development
teachersIn 2011 Raytheon made a $2 million grant to the Museum of Science to jumpstart engineering education for young children by bringing Engineering is Elementary to classrooms around the country. The grant is making teacher professional development more available in high-needs areas in Arizona, Alabama, and the District of Columbia.

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With NASA, Museum Captures Engineering Excitement
With NASA support, the Museum of Science is creating vibrant educational programs for people of all ages. They include a Planetarium show, From Dream to Discovery: Inside NASA Engineering, a citizen forum on NASA's Asteroid Initiative, and out-of-school time activities building rover and rocket models for elementary-age children.

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