Museum of Science, Boston Announces Recipients of Engineering is Elementary Scholarships

June 15, 2017

BOSTON, Mass. – The Museum of Science has awarded scholarships for its Engineering is Elementary (EiE ®) program to 80 elementary teachers from 21 states. The scholarship program helps teachers at high-needs schools nationwide introduce the engineering and technology components of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) to their students using the award-winning Engineering is Elementary curriculum. Recipients engage in high-quality professional development (PD) and leave with a set of classroom materials.

This set of scholarships is funded by the Museum as part of its mission to introduce engineering and technological literacy in schools and lifelong learning centers nationwide. Although many states have recently implemented new academic standards that put unprecedented emphasis on the "E" in STEM, engineering is a new subject for many elementary teachers, and most say they don’t feel well prepared to teach it.

"We are proud that we continue to offer elementary educators from Massachusetts to California the tools to bring engineering into their classrooms and the professional development they need to teach it through scholarship programs," says Museum president and director Ioannis Miaoulis. "It greatly enhances our ability to foster enthusiastic teachers that will help students imagine what’s possible through this engineering curriculum.”

"By funding scholarships for teachers, we advance our mission to reach children who are underserved or traditionally underrepresented in STEM,” says EiE director and Museum vice president Christine Cunningham. "One way we support high-quality engineering education for all students is through our research-based curriculum and through accessible professional development programs, which are designed to give teachers the subject-matter knowledge and pedagogical framework they need to be successful teaching engineering.”

Each scholarship recipient receives a complete classroom set of EiE curriculum materials.  In addition, some scholarship recipients will travel to Boston for professional development. Others will participate in a ground-breaking online format. The feedback received from this pilot program will help inform future online offerings, which allows the Museum to offer the training to a larger group of teachers and enable more students to develop their innate problem solving skills through engaging engineering challenges. "It’s so valuable to bring educators together from around the country; they learn as much from each other as they do from the EiE team.” says EiE scholarship program manager Chantal Balesdent.

This year marks the Museum’s second EiE Professional Development Scholarship program. Last year, 184 teachers were awarded scholarships worth $200,000, impacting approximately 4,400 students.

EiE is the nation's most widely used engineering curriculum for students in grades 1 – 5; it has reached schools in all 50 states including statewide in Delaware, district wide in locations including Baltimore, Washington, DC, and Minneapolis, and in military schools under DoDEA. To date, EiE has reached more than 126,000 teachers and 13 million students.


Here are the latest EiE Scholarship recipients by state:

Julie McGowan, Albertville Elementary School, Albertville, AL

Penny Roy, Hartselle Intermediate School, Hartselle, AL

Gina Stout, Banks-Caddell Elementary School, Decatur, AL

Christy Williams, Eastwood Elementary School, Decatur, AL

Traci Trillo, Greenfield Elementary School, Gilbert, AZ

Rosa Watson, Liberty Elementary School, Tucson, AZ

Theresa Zaun, West Sedona School, Sedona, AZ

Mabel Rivera, Innovation Academy, Oro Valley, AZ

Georgia Littleton, Booneville Elementary School, Booneville, AR

Emily Vaughn, Forest Heights STEM Academy, Little Rock, AR

Mariajose Carnicero, Dooley Elementary School, Long Beach, CA

Elisa Edwards, Berkwood Hedge School, Berkeley, CA

Nancy Kaneshiro, Anthony G. Bacich Elementary School, Kentfield, CA

Meghan Spencer, The Help Group's STEM3 Academy, Valley Glen, CA

Edna Briseño, Hawaiian Avenue Elementary School, Wilmington, CA

Anjali Chandran, Napa Valley Language Academy, Napa, CA

Manju Goyal, Golden Oak Montessori School, Castro Valley, CA

Sandra Chacon-Ryan, Bushnell Way Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA

Jane Fuller, Bushnell Way Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA

Claudia Juarez, Bushnell Way Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA

Jenny McLean, Bushnell Way Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA

Idolina Rivas, Bushnell Way Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA

Blanca Zendejas, Bushnell Way Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA

Scherry Dedman, Vena Avenue Elementary, Arleta, CA

Gloria Osorio, Vena Avenue Elementary, Arleta, CA

Heather Harrelson, Shore Magnet Elementary, Tampa, FL

Michelle Roberts, Ballard Elementary School, Bradenton, FL

Amanda Crane, Shore Elementary Magnet School of the Arts, Tampa, FL

Terri Crawford, New Hope Elementary, Locust Grove, GA

Chikina Barkley, Jordan Hill Elementary, Griffin, GA

Linda Tatum, Jordan Hill Elementary, Griffin, GA

Anna McGowan, Sauganash Elementary School, Chicago, IL

April Ness, Galileo Scholastic Academy of Math & Science, Chicago, IL

Kathleen Hutches, LEARN 6 Charter School, Great Lakes, IL

Monica Dreiling, Lincoln Elementary School, Hays, KS

Brittany Redmond, Broadmoor Elementary, Baton Rouge, LA

Maricel Salvacion, Broadmoor Elementary, Baton Rouge, LA

Theresa Brown, Broadneck Elementary School, Arnold MD

Christine Ramirez, Kemp Mill Elementary School, Silver Spring, MD

Kristin Sym, Ridgeway Elementary School, Severn, MD

Bob Gilmore, Woodland Elementary School, Milford, MA

Jessica Paula, The Manville School, Boston, MA

Kara Rooney, Dennett Elementary School, Plympton, MA

Stephanie Wilkins, Odyssey Day School, Wakefield, MA

Stacey Scott, Salemwood Elementary School, Malden, MA

Alyssa Perrault, Salemwood Elementary School, Malden, MA

Melanie Olson, Parkside Elementary School, Buffalo, MN

Karla Grimm, McCaw STEAM Academy, Henderson, NV

Cherri Luna, McCaw STEAM Academy, Henderson, NV

Erika O’Connell, McCaw STEAM Academy, Henderson, NV

Pamela Henning, Edwin S. Dodson Elementary School, Reno, NV

Vincent Basciano, Hillside Avenue School, Cranford, NJ

Donna DeBellis, Clifton Public School 11, Clifton, NJ

Danielle Farley, Ramtown School, Howell, NJ

Lori Talbot, Hillside Avenue School, Cranford, NJ

Perry Gellis, West Dover Elementary School, Toms River, NJ

Kimberly Fraser, P.S./I.S. 104 The Fort Hamilton School, Brooklyn, NY

Marguerite Burke, P.S. 277 Gerritsen Beach School, Brooklyn, NY

Lisa Iside, P.S. 217 Colonel David Marcus School, Brooklyn, NY

Gaveeta Mohabir, P.S. 315, Brooklyn, NY

Laura Regan, P.S. 326, Brooklyn, NY

Lynn Moser, PS 213 Carl Ullman School, Bayside, NY

Amanda Barber, Reeds Elementary School, Lexington, NC

Bonnie Byerly, Reeds Elementary School, Lexington, NC

Lynn Bradley, Cleveland Elementary School, Cleveland, NC

Lane Turbyfill, Cleveland Elementary School, Cleveland, NC

Janice Rickey, Rachel Freeman School of Engineering, Wilmington, NC

Tonya Robbins, Reeds Elementary School, Lexington, NC

Loren Bucek, Starling STEAM PK-8 School, Columbus OH

Scott Donnelly, Carnegie Elementary School, Carnegie, PA

Jen Gossert, Conrad Weiser East Elementary School, Wernersville, PA

Sara Eastman, Governor Mifflin Intermediate School, Schillington, PA

Mark Engle, Mifflin Park Elementary, Schillington, PA

Julia Sullivan, Holly Springs Motlow Elementary School, Campobello, SC

Stephanie Novin, Scales Elementary School, Brentwood, TN

Lisa Johnson, Creekview Elementary, Price, UT

Nicholas Mack, J.J. Flynn Elementary School, Burlington, VT

Benjamin Grace, Petworth Elementary School, Washington, DC

Julie Broom, Fords Prairie Elementary School, Centralia, WA

Joy Conway, Susie C. Altmayer Elementary School, DePere, WI


For more information contact Erin Shannon 617-589-0250


About Engineering is Elementary

  • EiE is a project of the Museum of Science, Boston, developed with support from the National Science Foundation.
  • The EiE curriculum includes 20 units that integrate science topics with a specific field of engineering.
  • Through the use of storybooks, EiE introduces students to children from different cultures and backgrounds who are trying to solve engineering problems.
  • EiE students as young as six years old conduct their own experiments to collect the data needed to solve a similar problem using a five-step engineering design process.



About the Museum of Science, Boston

One of the world's largest science centers and New England's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces about 1.5 million visitors a year to STEM via programs and interactive exhibits. An extraordinary variety of learning experiences span the Yawkey Gallery on the Charles River, Hall of Human Life, Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 4-D Theater, and Butterfly Garden. The Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® curricula, including the award-winning Engineering is Elementary, have reached an estimated 10.5 million students and 122,400 educators. The Museum sparks teens worldwide to use digital technology via The Clubhouse Network and has led a $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums. Visit:

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