Cognizant to Expand Teaching of Museum of Science's Engineering is Elementary via Video
March 07, 2012
A Cognizant grant to the Museum of Science, Boston will create a library of powerful video teacher training tools. These accessible tools will increase the impact and capture the excitement of the successful Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) program, created by the Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®). This research-based, standards-driven, and classroom-tested curriculum integrates engineering and technology concepts and skills with science. The curriculum has reached over 32,700 teachers and 2.7 million elementary school students in the U.S.
"Children are born engineers -- they are fascinated with building, with taking things apart, and with how things work. However, elementary schools have traditionally done little to develop children's engineering and technological literacy. Cognizant was impressed with the EiE curriculum, which not only integrates engineering and technology with elementary science topics, but also connects with literacy and social studies to foster creativity and critical thinking skills," said Mark Greenlaw, Cognizant vice president of sustainability and educational affairs.
Cognizant's grant, part of its Making the Future education initiative, enables the creation of video training resources for elementary school teachers and supports expanded EiE use. Video footage of these lessons taught by teachers to children in real classrooms will help demystify engineering for teachers unfamiliar with it. The three-year project will expand EiE's reach to educators, especially those who cannot attend face-to-face professional development workshops. The videos will be available online and in DVD.
"With the growing demand from teachers for EiE, Cognizant is helping us address one of our most critical needs -- professional development. Educators repeatedly ask us for a library of video resources -- they want to see EiE in action with footage of real teachers grappling with actual classroom challenges. Most teachers don't know what engineering at the elementary level looks like. These videos will bring engineering to life. Cognizant's support makes this possible," said Christine Cunningham, a Museum vice president and director of EiE. Cognizant is also funding the expansion of EiE to new professional development partners, and is now working with the New York Hall of Science to enable it to become an EiE professional development partner.
EiE is one of seven programs featured by Change the Equation as part of President Obama's "Educate to Innovate" campaign to improve STEM education. A global company that provides information technology, consulting, and business process outsourcing services, Cognizant is a corporate member of Change the Equation. Funding for Cognizant's grant is made through the Cognizant Technology Solutions Charitable Fund at the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program.