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Elementary Engineers

A College of Charleston project to advance science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) teaching and learning through year-round support of teachers and youth in the Charleston, SC area.

Our Work

We support comprehensive, year-round, learning for educators and students. Our project consists of educator workshops, summer enrichment programs, and classroom support.

Educator Workshops

We introduce educators to Engineering is Elementary (EiE), an award winning STEM curriculum from the Museum of Science, Boston. Educators foster appropriate intructional pracitces,  while engaging in hands-on activites. Educators leave with a framework to incorporate engineering in their science curriculum. 

Classroom Support

 Units incorporating student-directed learning and hands-on exploration are notoriously time and cost intensive. We provide teachers with the necessary materials and curriculum support they need to overcome these barriers– preparing all materials, so teachers can jump right into instruction.

Summer Learning

We bring our trained teachers and engineering curriculum to a variety of summer programs. Each engineering challenge, whether it be designing water filters or replicating artifacts is enriched and extended by organizing relevant field trips to local STEM institutions and visits from local STEM professionals.

We Start Early

We focus on K-8th grade because research shows that children decide whether or not they will pursue STEM fields as early as the eighth grade. Early exposure to fun, hands-on engineering is delivered through educator workshops and classroom and summer engineering challenges guided by Engineering is Elementary (EiE), an award winning curriculum from the Museum of Science, Boston.

The Need

Across the Charleston County School District (CCSD), 33.9% of 4th and 5th graders did not meet the state science standards on the 2016 SC PASS assessment. Amoung those that did not pass, ethnically-diverse children showed the greatest need (4th grades students scoring “note met”: 59.9% African American, 44.9% Hispanic, 10.8% White).

Educators Trained

Students Served

Weeks of Summer STEM

"I think my students took away so much knowledge and gained confidence and interest in science from the program."

– Teacher

"The critical thinking, hands-on engagement, and creativity components of the unit push students to strengthen those skills in a way that they're not fully aware they are being taught a skill, just that they are enjoying solving a problem.”

– Teacher

"Having the materials put together ahead of time for me was a HUGE lifesaver! It made implementation so much more manageable and easier to jump right in to the instruction."

– CCSD Teacher

"The greatest benefit is the final model. The light bulb really goes off here and they apply what they have learned. I feel like the EIE kits really encourage the higher level thinking skills and provide a opportunity to use cross-curricular materials."

– Teacher

Upcoming

01 June 2019

Impact 360

We partner with Kids On Point to provide STEM activities to 100 urban youth during their 6 week summer program, Impact360 Summer Success. Fundraising and program planning is already underway for summer 2019!

01 Aug 2018

SandHill Elementary

Thanks to a generous donation from Bosch, we have trained 24 1st-5th grade teachers at Sand Hill to implement engineering into their science curriculum. We are looking forward to assisting them throughout the school year as they begin engineering with their students!

A Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

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