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Elementary Special Ed Engineering Pilot

Engineering is Elementary is developing resources to increase EiE’s accessibility for students who receive special education services and/or are English Learners and seeks teachers who already have taught EiE to pilot the materials and provide feedback.

These resources include: visual vocabulary cards, a suggested pacing guide, simplified student handouts, differentiation tips for ELL students, discussion supports, and visual Engineering Design Process posters.

The resources will be piloted for the following units:

  1. A Work in Process: Improving a Play Dough Process
  2. Just Passing Through: Designing Model Membranes
  3. Thinking Inside the Box: Designing Plant Packages
  4. Solid as a Rock: Replicating an Artifact
  5. Marvelous Machines: Making Work Easier
  6. Sounds Like Fun: Seeing Animal Sounds
  7. Taking the Plunge: Designing Submersibles
  8. A Sticky Situation: Designing Walls

If chosen to participate, teachers will receive the materials kit, teacher guide, and resources for one of the units above at no cost as well as a $350 stipend for their feedback.

Who should apply?

We are looking for teachers who have already taught EiE in the past. Pilot teachers will teach the unit to all of the students in their classroom using the newly developed resources. Pilot classrooms must contain some students who receive special education services and/or are ELs, but the classrooms do not need to be predominately made of these student populations.

What are we asking you to do?

  • Implement all resources as close to written/instructed as possible.
  • Complete online feedback forms after teaching each EiE lesson to reflect on how well these resources are working for your students.
  • Finish teaching the unit by December 15th, 2017.
  • Pilot sites in Massachusetts may be asked to attend a focus group at the Museum of Science, Boston. Additional compensation would be provided.

This EiE pilot application will close at 5 PM on Friday, September 1! If you have any questions, please email

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