One Raytheon Teacher Scholarship Helps a Whole School: Apply Now
October 21, 2013
The Raytheon Company invites elementary school teachers nationwide to apply for 2013-14 Raytheon - Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) Teacher Scholarships. Applications close November 1. Raytheon will announce winners in December 2013.
The Museum of Science, Boston developed the EiE curriculum to support learning and interest in STEM careers for elementary students. The scholarship program grants 30 awards of $2,500 each to teachers whose applications best demonstrate innovative methods of generating student enthusiasm about engineering. The award covers travel and tuition for a 2-day EiE professional development workshop and classroom materials.
Raytheon has awarded 60 scholarships to teachers at disadvantaged, rural or inner city schools nationwide over the past two years as part of its $1 million EiE grant to the Museum. More than 52,800 teachers and 4.1 million students have experienced EiE.
"Elementary teachers tell us EiE empowers them to teach STEM subjects," said EiE director and founder Christine Cunningham, Museum vice president for research. "Raytheon's support is accelerating adoption of the curriculum in underserved school districts nationwide."
In one example of how to expand a scholarship's impact, New Jersey Northfield Community School computer education teacher, Kevin Jarrett, turned his Raytheon-EiE Teacher Scholarship ("the best professional development I have ever had") into a new state-of-the-art STEM lab with EiE classroom materials.
Last year, all 500 Northfield students tackled hands-on EiE engineering design challenges, like designing a wall or parachute, in the STEM lab at least once a week. "I wish this place had beds so we could sleep in it," one kindergartner told Jarrett. Another was inspired to entrepreneurialism. After a play dough exercise, second-grader Aaron Thompson made "Aaron's Homemade Scented Fun Dough." He says that creating aromatic "secret ingredients" (strawberry shortcake and mint chocolate chip, for example) took research and testing. So far, he's sold 50 tubs of dough at $3.00 a tub.
Meanwhile, Jarrett is teaching EiE workshops for other New Jersey teachers. EiE's "the most comprehensive, flexible, powerful, fun, literacy-based exposure to STEM students could hope to find," he says.