The Museum of Science, Boston is the nation’s only science museum with a comprehensive strategy and infrastructure to foster engineering and technological literacy in both science museums and schools. The museum develops exhibits, programs, and curriculum that empowers children to become lifelong STEM learners and passionate problem solvers. Through the advocacy efforts of the NCTL, we inspire to transform STEM education both nationally and internationally. Our engineering curricula (preK-12), resources, and teacher professional development are designed to innovate for the reality of today’s educational landscape, combining the best in theory, research, teaching practice, and thought leadership.
Wee Engineer channels preschoolers’ natural curiosity and creativity into structured problem solving. Designed as the first preschool engineering curriculum, Wee Engineer sets young learners up for success in school and life. Four hands-on engineering challenges ease learners into the worlds of science and technology as they practice social, fine motor, cognitive, and language skills.
EiE for Kindergarten inspires young learners to embrace the field of engineering before stereotypes about “who can engineer” take hold. This teacher-tested curriculum introduces engineering and the engineering design process in engaging and accessible ways for all young learners and educators. Two hands-on units align to kindergarten engineering performance expectations and connect with other subject areas to prepare children for success in later grades.
Engineering is Elementary empowers elementary students to become innovative problem solvers who think creatively as they identify and solve challenges in a real-world context. Twenty standards-aligned, teacher-tested engineering units build a foundation for STEM learning. Each hands-on unit is anchored in your science curriculum and designed to engage learners in ways that align with their learning style.
Engineering Adventures engages learners in grades 3-5 in fun, creative problem solving. Ten hands-on units are low-cost and flexible to meet the time and budget constraints of out-of-school settings, including afterschool and summer camp. Learners find out more about the role engineering plays in their lives and the world around them as they’re introduced to real engineering challenges and asked to design solutions with an engineering design process.
Engineering Everywhere inspires learners in grades 6-8 to shape the world around them. Our twelve hands-on units were tested in afterschool, summer camp, and out-of-school time settings, and they are proven to engage learners in innovative problem solving. As learners work through our design challenges, they’ll sharpen 21st century skills like critical thinking, teamwork, and communication, preparing them for success in school and in life.
This course builds technological literacy and provides a strong foundation in physics and offers students an opportunity to explore the social, historical, and environmental contexts of emerging technologies.
In hands-on investigations integrated with engineering design activities, math students collect and analyze their own data, helping them develop algebraic thinking skills and solve real problems (such as designing a bridge prototype or building a shelter).