UNH STEM Lab hosts engineering ed workshop for elementary teachers

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MANCHESTER, NH — Engineering is for everyone, and Granite State elementary teachers will learn how to easily integrate STEM education into their classrooms with Everyone Engineers!, a workshop hosted by the UNH STEM Discovery Lab on March 2, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at UNH Manchester, 88 Commercial St., Manchester.

STEM education is more important than ever, especially at elementary grade levels. Everyone Engineers! is a hands-on workshop that gives educators the tools to build engineering knowledge and their confidence in teaching it. The workshop prepares teachers to use the Engineering Is Elementary (EIE) curriculum developed by the Museum of Science, Boston.

“The EIE curriculum gives educators the tools they need to seamlessly integrate STEM and literacy into their existing day. The stories, diverse perspectives and real-world problems embedded in the challenges are fun, interesting and relatable for children,” says Sarah Grosvenor, program developer at the UNH STEM Discovery Lab. “The workshop is interactive and will inspire innovative problem solvers who will think creatively as they identify and solve challenges in the world.”

The March 2 workshop focuses on the EIE unit “Just Passing Through,” which asks students to design model membranes. Participants will work through the EIE curriculum themselves, learning how membranes function and applying knowledge about living organisms’ basic needs to an engineering design challenge. Educators will design a frog habitat with a model membrane that delivers just the right amount of water. The workshop will give educators the information and tools they need to implement the curriculum in their classrooms immediately, Grosvenor says.

Educators taking part in the workshop will receive a teacher guide, access to EIE kit materials, classroom support and time for collaboration with peers. Lunch will be provided.

Registration is $150 and includes a teacher guide and book. Register by Feb. 27 at bit.ly/EngineeringIsElementaryUNH. For more information or to request accommodation, contact Sarah Grosvenor at 603-641-4120 or sarah.grosvenor@unh.ed