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Hands-on and Virtual: STEM Learning from a Distance

Tuesday, June 23, 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Hands-on and Virtual: STEM Learning from a Distance

Presented by Jill Olson, Director of Operations & Professional Development, EiE, Museum of Science, Boston
Hosted by Heather Gunsallus, Vice President, STEM Education, EiE, Museum of Science, Boston

Sponsored by EiE: Creating a Generation of Problem Solvers

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Watch EiE, the curricular division of the Museum of Science, Boston, to see how hands-on learning IS possible, even from a distance. Right now, educators across the globe are working to reach their students and engage them in meaningful STEM learning. In this edWebinar, viewers will first gain an understanding of why hands-on activities bring meaning to STEM. We do this by exploring our team’s research – which has informed the development of our STEM curricula – on the impact of hands-on experiences in STEM. Then, we discuss ways to bring hands-on activities into virtual learning environments. We share examples of how EiE has pivoted to support educators during this pandemic through new resources and professional development. Finally, we preview free resources made available through the Museum of Science, Boston and EiE. Take a closer look at what “hands-on” really means and consider ways to bring hands-on learning into YOUR virtual STEM environment!

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to preK through middle school teachers, librarians, STEM coaches, science specialists, and school and district leaders.


Jill OlsonAbout the Presenter

Jill Olson is the Director of Operations and Professional Development for EiE of the Museum of Science, Boston. She joined the team in May of 2018. Before joining the Museum, Jill taught English Language Arts to 7th-grade students in her hometown north of Boston. She learned early on the importance of engaging every learner and helping each see their own potential through hands-on, collaborative, inquiry-based classroom experiences. After leaving the classroom, Jill worked in curriculum development and educational program management. She has supported educators in implementing digital and print products in classrooms and has designed and delivered the Professional Development to support them. She is passionate about improving educator and learner experiences. Jill oversees a team that is committed to providing professional development that directly supports educators in their unique and specific environments.


Heather GunsallusAbout the Host

Heather Gunsallus joined the Museum of Science in Boston during April 2018. She is passionate about building STEM programs that impact students’ and teachers’ lives, while building lifelong learners of STEM. Heather has 20 years of experience in building teams and products in educational technology. She has extensive experience in building and implementing both print and digital products for today’s users. Heather has managed product and curriculum development, professional development, and sales teams, and was even a classroom teacher. Heather is inspired by the possibilities of our future generation.


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EiEEiE®, the Museum of Science, Boston’s standards-aligned, teacher-tested preK-8 engineering curricula, develops foundational skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects for all students. The research-based, hands-on curricula are designed to best innovate for the reality of today’s educational landscape and to engage all students.



Tuesday, June 23, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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