Roseville teacher wins elite national engineering scholarship

Roseville Area Schools teacher Jenny Eckman was recently chosen as one of only 32 teachers from across the nation to receive a highly selective scholarship that will allow her to attend an Engineering is Elementary conference at the Museum of Science in Boston.

“When I return, I’ll be able to start using more engineering in my environmental science classes, in addition to being able to support engineering projects in other classrooms,” said Eckman, the Environmental Science Specialist at Harambee Elementary School.

The $2,500 scholarship Eckman received from Raytheon Corporation will help bring the nation’s leading elementary engineering curriculum to Harambee Elementary students.

Engineering is Elementary (EiE) is a curriculum developed at the Museum of Science in Boston and is designed to easily integrate with a school’s current science curriculum. Each module is introduced through a fictional story about a young person solving a problem through engineering or science.

Eckman says she was drawn to the EiE program because of its emphasis on collaborative learning and creative problem solving.

“This seemed like a perfect match for Harambee and will fit with both our environmental science and community cultures foci,” said Eckman. “The scholarship allows me to not only bring the materials to our school, but also equips me with the knowledge of how to use them effectively.”

Eckman will attend the EiE training at the Museum of Science in Boston in the beginning of March, and plans to start integrating more engineering into her classroom upon her return.

“This is another tool for us as we make learning meaningful, engaging, and relevant for our students,” said Eckman.

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