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Oracle Award Brings Engineering to Massachusetts Educators, Students

October 16, 2015

With support from the information technology company Oracle, 20 Massachusetts elementary educators will teach an award-winning STEM curriculum developed at the Museum of Science, Boston, in their classrooms this fall. The Engineering is Elementary® (EiE®) scholarship program is made possible by a grant from Oracle to the Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®).

"Oracle's generous support helps us expand our work nationwide to prepare elementary teachers who can engage young children in the STEM skills and concepts they need in today's engineered world," says Museum president and NCTL founder Ioannis Miaoulis.

The teachers were selected through a competitive process; this past August each one received EiE curriculum materials and attended a professional development workshop at the Museum, where they worked their way through EiE activities like engineering water filters. "It was easy to see how this activity would hold the attention of EVERY child," said Katie LoBuono, a STEM specialist from Fitchburg. "It's amazing what kids can do when you engage them in hands-on learning!"

"As one of the world's leading technology pioneers, Oracle is thrilled to support the next generation of innovators at the beginning of their engineering journey," said Colleen Cassity, executive director of Oracle Giving & Volunteers and the Oracle Education Foundation. "Teacher training in STEM fields is critical to the growth, creativity, and professional trajectory of tomorrow's leading minds."

"High-quality STEM professional development is an especially critical need for elementary teachers," agrees EiE director Christine Cunningham. "By enabling teachers to build their skills, Oracle is helping to make a difference for Massachusetts students for years to come."

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