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Cargill Grant
Program Presenters
Angie Jerabek
Al Wachutka
Erica Lenzen
Mark Miller
Pat Hartman
The Need
• Varying levels of expertise
• Low Achievement Scores
• Standards require Engineering
• Reading and Math
• At the HS level less than 1% of minority
students in IB/AP Courses
What Makes this Program Unique?
• High School Science Teachers not
outside experts
• Connection (Students and HS teachers
and HS teachers and Elementary
The Start of the Process
• Science in SLP Elementary
Schools(supplies and budget)
• Met with TOSAs from each building
• Team met at each building
• All K-5 teachers in the district attended a
EiE training by SMM
• Aligned standards, PYP(IB) and EiE
Road Blocks
Initial Elementary Teacher Concerns:
• Will this create extra work for us?
• Can a High School teacher effectively teach
elementary students?
• Will we lose elementary FTEs?
• Will each school have equal access to
supplies and resources?
Road Blocks
• Elementary grade team relationships and
ability to plan in advance
• Difficulty linking MN Science standards
available EiE kits in grades 3 and 5
• Misunderstanding science & standards
• Teacher difficulty understanding how
science can integrate into PYP planners
What The Program
• EiE Instruction
• Curriculum Design and Alignment
• Science Demonstrations
• Family Science Night
• SLP Science Website
• Supplies
Engineering is Elementary
Lesson 1: Literacy
Javier likes to play in his fort, which is
across a small creek from his home in
Texas. When his stepsister follows
him, she wobbles on the makeshift
bridge and falls
into the creek. forbid him from going to his fort,
so Javier comes up with a plan: he must build a
bridge that is both strong and stable. Luckily,
Javier's stepfather Joe is a civil engineer and
can guide him through the Engineering Design
Engineering is Elementary
Lesson 2: Expanding Knowledge
In Building Bridges, students learn about force pushes and pulls - and investigate the forces at
work in different structures.
Lesson 3: Background Learning
Students collect and analyze scientific data as a
foundation for their final challenge. In Building
Bridges, students study the effect of force on
three different types of bridges.
Engineering is Elementary
Lesson 4: Engineering Design Challenge
Students must apply what they have learned, using
the Engineering Design Process. In this kit,
students create a strong and stable bridge.
Engineering is Elementary
Minnesota Science Standards Practice of Science
1)Raise questions about the natural world and seek answers by making careful
observations, noting what happens when you interact with an object, and sharing the
answers with others. The Practice of Engineering
1)Identify a need or problem and construct an object that helps to meet the need or
solve the problem.
2)Describe why some materials are better than others for making a particular object
and how materials that are better in some ways may be worse in other ways.
3)Explain how engineered or designed items from everyday life benefit people. Forces and Pulls
1)Describe how push and pull forces can make objects move.
2)Describe how things near Earth fall to the ground unless something holds them up.
Engineering is Elementary
Grade 1
Earth Materials
Butterfly Life Cycle
Solids & Liquids
Grade 2
Engineering is Elementary
Grade 3
Grade 4
Rocks & Minerals
Grade 5
Simple Machines
• See video at
Family Science Night
• Over 600 people attended
• Corporate Presenters:
Cargill, 3M, General Mills, Medtronic,
Scientific, King Controls
• Family Challenge Stations
• Other participants: IB Physics Students, City of
SLP, Mosquito Control, Minnehaha Watershed
District, High School Science Teachers,
SLP Science Website
• provides students the
opportunity to ask us
science questions.
• provides parents an
opportunity to see
is being taught.
• provides teachers with
curriculum information on
each EiE kit.