Look at Engineering Education Through a New Window
By Beth McGinnis-Cavanaugh, and Isabel Huff
Through My Window introduced our students to engineering. It not only broadened their understanding, but hooked them into wanting more!
—Maureen Beeltje, District Educational Technologist, Frontier Regional School District, Massachusetts
Through My Window is multimedia curriculum for grades 4–8 that integrates engineering, technology, literacy, and the arts. Adaptable for a range of educational settings, Through My Window has captured the imaginations of children and young teens in English, science, and technology/engineering classes, as well as summer and after-school programs.
Funded by the National Science Foundation, Through My Window offers three free components:
Through My Window’s “ideas-on” activities were great for getting kids engaged and energized about an issue or problem.
—Kevin Brenner, fourth-grade teacher, Canterbury School, North Carolina
Formal and informal educators alike find that Through My Window engages all learners in ways that foster deep learning, broadened perspectives, and development of STEM identity. In particular, Through My Window‘s approach is more inclusive and appealing to girls than traditional curricula.
The story-based learning adventures have my students asking sophisticated questions about engineering, robotics, and the nature of intelligence—perfect for our interdisciplinary STEM focus!
—Lauren Binger, seventh-grade STEM teacher at Mohawk Regional School, Massachusetts
It engaged [students] in ways I had never imagined were possible—in the summer. For an educator, that’s the most amazing thing—to see children learning and having fun while they do it.
—Laurie Giff, After-school Site Coordinator for The Lighthouse Program in Bridgeport, Connecticut
For more information, visit the Through My Window website. Project Outreach Coordinator Isabel Huff also provides educator support and customized lesson plans; you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beth McGinnis-Cavanaugh (email@example.com) is co–principal investigator for Through My Window in Springfield, Massachusetts. Isabel Huff (firstname.lastname@example.org) is Through My Window project outreach coordinator in Springfield, Massachusetts.