The statewide Building Engineers initiative represents a partnership between the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and SERVE's Region 6 Comprehensive Center. The goal of the project is to spread high-quality STEM programs throughout NC elementary schools, focused on utilizing the engineering design process in daily instruction.
Access to high-quality STEM instruction is something students of ALL backgrounds deserve in North Carolina. Our modern graduates must be able to work in groups to flexibly solve problems - and if we want them to graduate with these skills we must start in kindergarten!
The approach this initiative takes is both deep and wide. The deep part includes working directly with LEAs in cohorts to assist them in developing 2-year plans for spreading this work within the classrooms in their district (Learn more here). The "wide" part is the establishment of statewide resources and collaborative support opportunities for elementary educators interested in these ideas and wiling to utilize them in their classrooms. Both pieces culminate in a yearly spring conference: Building Engineers in K-5 Classrooms. The full scope of the initiative is found below.
A K-5 Collaborative with 6-12+ outcomes!
This document is in the public domain. The document is prepared by the Region 6 Comprehensive Center under Award #S283B190055 for the Office of Program and Grantee Support Services (PGSS) within the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) of the U.S. Department of Education and is administered by the SERVE Center at UNC Greensboro. The content of this document does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the PGSS or OESE or the U.S. Department of Education nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government. © 2021 SERVE Center at UNC Greensboro.