WALTHAM, MA -- Raytheon Company is awarding 36 Engineering is Elementary (EiE) Scholarships to teachers in disadvantaged, rural or inner city schools across the country. Each teacher will receive $2,500 towards implementing the innovative EiE curriculum developed by the Museum of Science, Boston.
EiE was designed by the Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL) to help elementary school educators and students better understand engineering and technology concepts. Research shows EiE helps elementary students become more interested in engineering as a career.
The award-winning curriculum has already reached an estimated 71,000 teachers and 6.2 million students.
"Raytheon's generous support further expands our mission to bring engineering to elementary-aged children by accelerating adoption of EiE in underserved school districts," said Museum of Science president and director Ioannis Miaoulis, who launched the NCTL to introduce engineering in schools and museums nationwide through advocacy, educational products, and educator professional development.
Each scholarship includes professional development that prepares teachers to use EiE along with a complete set of curriculum resources. "Many elementary teachers don't have a background in science or engineering," said Christine Cunningham, director and founder of EiE and vice president for research at the Museum of Science, Boston. "We're really pleased to offer support through Raytheon scholarships; workshop graduates tell us EiE professional development helps them feel confident about teaching these subjects."
Over the past three years, Raytheon has awarded nearly 100 individual teacher scholarships as part of its $1 million EiE grant to the Museum. The grant is awarded through Raytheon's MathMovesU® program, an initiative designed to engage middle and elementary school student and build their interest in math and science education.
The 2015 Raytheon-Engineering is Elementary Teacher Scholarship
• Carmen Andrews, Six to Six Magnet School, Bridgeport, Conn.
• Brittney Armstrong, Slaughter Elementary School, Louisville, Ky.
• Cara Baldree, Lincoln Elementary School, Salt Lake City, Utah
• Timothy Begley, W.F. Killip Elementary School, Flagstaff, Ariz.
• Christie Bergh, Westside Elementary School, Warner Robins, Ga.
• Jennifer Brown, Georgetown East Elementary School, Annapolis, Md.
• Amanda Casey, Kate Shepard Elementary School, Mobile, Ala.
• Elizabeth Cooke, Markham Elementary School, Oakland, Calif.
• Amanda Crane, Philip Shore Elementary Magnet School of the Arts, Tampa, Fla.
• Loralie Cuff, Vail Pittman Elementary School, Las Vegas, Nev.
• Elisabeth Foro, Cass Street School, Milwaukee, Wis.
• Bernadette Freeland, Weller Road Elementary School, Silver Spring, Md.
• Anna Gaiter, Plainview Academic Charter Academy, Tujunga, Calif.
• Deborah Gordon, Vista Del Monte Elementary School, Palm Springs, Calif.
• Tamara Grottker, Copperfield Elementary School, Austin, Texas
• LaNelle Harvey, 93rd Street Elementary School, Los Angeles, Calif.
• Candace Hebert, Palo Verde Elementary School, Casa Grande, Ariz.
• Darlene Higuera, Elvira Elementary School, Tucson, Ariz.
• Andrew Kelley, Josiah Quincy School, Boston, Mass.
• Deborah Khadaran, West Hollywood Elementary School, Hollywood, Fla.
• Lauren Levy, Synergy Charter Academy, Los Angeles, Calif.
• Amee Lewis, Appling County Elementary School, Baxley, Ga.
• Patty Myers, C.W. Morey School, Lowell, Mass.
• Katharine Otto, Chase Elementary School, Chicago, Ill.
• David Owens, 96th Street Elementary School, Los Angeles, Calif.
• Taimi Paadre, Claremont Academy, Worcester, Mass.
• Vicki Peterson, Rancho Viejo Elementary School, Yuma, Ariz.
• Gloria Pritchett, Wickes Elementary School, Wickes, Ark.
• Cynthia Reynolds, Warsaw Elementary School, Warsaw, N.C.
• Karen Scholz, John F. Kennedy Elementary School, Jamaica Plain, Mass.
• Faith Shiver, Harper Elementary School, Thomasville, Ga.
• John Silverthorne, Brentwood Magnet Elementary School of Engineering, Raleigh, N.C.
• Diana Thompson, Whittier Elementary School, Costa Mesa, Calif.
• Heather Tinker, Alice Maxwell Elementary School, Sparks, Nev.
• Robyn Tirschel, 96th Street Elementary School, Los Angeles, Calif.
• Sheryl Wells, W.F. Killip Elementary School, Flagstaff, Ariz.
About the Museum of Science, Boston
The Museum of Science, Boston is the nation's first science museum with a comprehensive strategy and infrastructure to foster technological literacy in science museums and schools across the United States. NCTL curricula have reached an estimated 6.5 million students and 78,000 teachers. One of the world's largest science centers and New England's most attended cultural institution, the Museum of Science introduces about 1.5 million visitors a year to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) via dynamic programs and hundreds of interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include the, Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 4-D Theater, and Butterfly Garden. The Museum also leads a 10-year, $41 million National Science Foundation-funded Nanoscale Informal Science Education Network of science museums.