Elementary Engineering Academy
Elementary Engineering Academy (EEA)
Elementary Engineering Academy (EEA) was created in 2017 as an umbrella organization to coordinate the group’s outreach activities with elementary schools. EEA will work with science and math teachers from grades 4 and 5 (especially rural and title-1 schools) on incorporating Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) instruction into their curriculum.
Listed below are links to some of our current programs, all of which utilize the neuro-robotics theme of comparing human brain/body systems to corresponding systems in LEGO robots. The LEGO kits are engaging to youth and present an ideal platform for illustrating this theme. Each kit includes a compact and powerful programmable computer (using the intuitive icon-based programming and data logging software); touch, vision, ultrasonic, and gyro sensors; two servo-motors and blue-tooth communications; and a rechargeable battery. The projects presently focus on Core Neuroscience Concepts that are linked to National Science Standards, and on neural engineering concepts linked to ITEA technological literacy standards. Our EEA Workshops will cover this linkage to standards and discuss cognitive neuroscience findings related to the science of learning and teaching, via two influential books How People Learn and Make it Stick.
Information about our first EEA Workshop for elementary science and math teachers – Click Here
Register for the first EEA Workshop for elementary science and math teachers – CLICK HERE
- EEA Workshops
*since 2017 (Impact: 10 elementary teachers)
- At EEA Workshops, elementary teachers will learn to create projects that teach problem solving and encourage students to apply STEM principles to any challenge in any discipline.
- TEACHER RESOURCES
*since 2009 (Impact: 252 grades 4-5 students)
- TECH4K-5 is a program for elementary youth (4th and 5th grades) focusing on enlivening math and science using engineering. To achieve this we utilize a comparative theme of artificial (LEGO) and human (brain/human body) robotics.
- MU Neuro-LEGO Camps
*since 2006 (Impact: 1074 grades 2-7 students)
- The Neuro-LEGO Robotics Camp presents an opportunity for students to participate in individual and small-team design projects while fostering an understanding of the engineering design process.
- Robotics Design Challenge
*since 2006 (Impact: a separate 1365 grades 2-7 students)