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Engineering Pollinators (and Next Generation Engineering Curriculum!)

To bolster our curriculum council’s understanding of how engineering will be better integrated into our science curriculum, the focus of today’s extended PD was an agricultural engineering challenge to be implemented into our future 4th grade “Structure and Function” unit. The council meeting’s was … Continue reading

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Educators as “Curriculum Engineers”

I’ve been spending more and more time in elementary classrooms supporting and facilitating engineering units. One of the design process models we often use is the Museum of Science’s “Engineering is Elementary” design process, which asks students to “Ask, Imagine, … Continue reading

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Integrating Engineering into Elementary Science Curriculum

For the fourth installment of the Science Center’s “Next Generation Science Methods” course we modeled with our elementary educators how to effectively integrate the grades 3-5 engineering standards into a 5th grade earth systems and human activity unit. Before beginning teachers … Continue reading

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Engineering Animal Enclosures

An introduction to classification has long been a staple of the fifth-grade curriculum in Burlington. But with a traditional classification test feeling a bit stale the teachers at Fox Hill looked to the Science Center for a way to spice … Continue reading

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Engaging Students in SummerSTEM: Programming and Robotics

Today marks the end of a wildly successful pilot of the Burlington Programming/Robotics SummerSTEM camp, spawned after the well received “hour of code” earlier this year by me and Francis Wyman’s IT Specialist, Ben Schersten. With the focus on learning … Continue reading

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Professional Development through Active Learning: "Harmless Holders"

When Science Center partner, Wendy Pavlicek and I sat down to review a survey completed by our Science Curriculum Council members, one glaring bit of information gleaned was that engineering practices were limited or not being adequately met at all … Continue reading

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Real STEM integration with "Straw Rockets"

With over 90% of Fox Hill’s fifth graders on their annual trip to Bournedale a rare opportunity for “flexible scheduling” presented itself to classroom teacher, George Norman and I when contemplating what to do with seven students hoping for their … Continue reading

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