September 28, 2016—Cohoes elementary students will soon be learning about engineering and related career choices thanks to a grant recently won by the Capital Region BOCES in partnership with four districts.
Selected teachers in grades 3 and 5 at Bethlehem, Cohoes, Schenectady and Watervliet school districts will receive professional development in the engineering design process from The Museum of Science, Boston through grant funding from The Bender Scientific Fund of The Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region.
After professional development, teachers will implement a unit from the “Engineering is Elementary” curriculum in the 2016-17 school year. The units, developed by The Museum of Science, help teachers integrate the engineering design process and life skills of creative problem-solving, communication and teamwork. Students will discover new avenues for career choices in the sciences and gain a solid understanding of the part engineering plays in today’s society.
The draft NYS Science Learning Standards emphasize engineering practices, and this initiative will support this future shift in instruction.
Classroom teachers at all three of elementary schools in Cohoes will be participating in the training.