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EiE in Minnesota

The Science Museum of Minnesota has worked with the EiE curriculum for many years, beginning with the invitation to be a National Field Test Site for development of all 20 units. The Science Museum provided field test teachers with unit overviews and professional development, distributed materials and gathered assessment data.

EiE units have been field tested in Minnesota by teachers from the following schools:

Bailey, Woodbury
Barton Open, Minneapolis
Battle Creek, St. Paul
Brimhall, Roseville
Burnside, Red Wing
Burnsville ALC
Cedar Park, Apple Valley
Como Park, St. Paul
Cromwell Wright, Floodwood
Crooked Lake, Anoka
Crossroads, St. Paul
Dayton Elementary
Edgewood, Brooklyn Park
Eisenhower, Coon Rapids
Ellen Hopkins, Moorhead
Emmet D. Williams, Shoreview
Falcon Heights Elementary
Faribault Elementary
Farnsworth, St. Paul
Franklin, St. Paul
Frost Lake, St. Paul
Gatewood, Hopkins
Glacier Hills, Mendota Heights
Good Shepherd Lutheran, North Mankato
Greenvale Park, Northfield
Groveland Park, St. Paul
Hayden Heights, St. Paul
Highland Park, St. Paul
Jackson Prep., St. Paul
Lady of the Lake, Mound
Lincoln Center, South St. Paul
Lincoln, St. Cloud
Little Canada Elementary
Madison, Blaine
Mann, St. Paul
McKinley, Ham Lake
Monroe, Brooklyn Park
Museum Magnet School, St. Paul
Nativity Catholic School, St. Paul
Nettleton Magnet, Duluth
North End, St. Paul
O.H. Anderson, Mahtomedi
Orono Elementary
Oxbow Creek, Champlin
Park, Hutchinson
Parkview Center, Roseville
Pope John Paul II Catholic School, Minneapolis
Poplar Bridge, Bloomington
Richard Allen Math and Science Academy, Minneapolis
Richfield Intermediate, Richfield
Rippleside, Aitkin
Riverview Specialty, Brooklyn Park
Robert Asp, Moorhead
Rogers Elementary Roosevelt, St. Paul
Rum River, Andover
Sand Creek, Coon Rapids
S.G. Reinertsen, Moorhead
St. Mark's, St. Paul
St. Jude of the Lake Catholic School, Mahtomedi
Trinity Catholic School, St. Paul
Turtle Lake, Mounds View
Weaver Lake, Osseo
Whittier, Minneapolis
William Bryne, Burnsville
Wilshire Park, St. Anthony

The Science Museum of Minnesota has also provided consultation and professional development in EiE units in the following districts:

Bloomington
Burnsville-Eagan-Savage
Robbinsdale
Saint Paul
St. Anthony-New Brighton
St. Louis Park
Stillwater
Westonka

The Science Museum of Minnesota partnered with EiE-Boston, Cargill Foundation and Minneapolis Public Schools and Hopkins Public Schools, for a multi-year EiE implementation project in grades 3-5. Program implementation included:

  • Building a strong leadership alliance among district stakeholders
  • Developing teachers' abilities to successfully implement this new discipline, including:
    • classroom modeling by museum instructors
    • teacher professional development
    • ongoing access to support resources
  • Fostering the interest and support of students' families/caregivers for STEM through family programs
  • Assessing and evaluating student and teacher gains.
    • Student gains and assessments: a summary of findings as of January 2013, published by our partners and colleagues in Boston View Executive Summary
    • Teacher gains were evaluated by the Science Museum. For results or for further information, please contact eie@smm.org.

Experienced Instructors

  • Science Museum instructors have taught multi-day EiE residencies in numerous districts as part of the school day.
  • Through a partnership with Minneapolis Public Schools Summer Schools, they have provided engineering experiences for students K-5 with a variety of EiE units and topics.
  • Engineering Family Events have introduced engineering and EiE to families and friends of elementary students in dozens of schools.