The E4USA Curriculum has been designed with the certain expectations for school sites, teachers, and students. These expectations specify the minimum acceptable levels of commitment to ensure a positive pilot course experience.
Expectations of E4USA School Sites:
- The course must be offered as a full-year course.
- The class offering should meet for a minimum of 100 hours prior to the summative course examination scheduled during the second week of May.
- We assume 200 minutes of instructional time per week for a minimum of 30 weeks prior to the mid-May summative examination.
- This course scheduling should permit sufficient time to work on engineering design projects between the start and end of the class meeting times.
- Tools and facilities should be available to ensure students have the opportunity to create prototypes of their designs projects.
- Teachers should be given adequate time during the school day to properly prepare for and generate curricular materials in response to student design project concepts.
- School sites should support each E4USA teacher's attendance at a Summer Institute and participation in virtual or on-site professional development sessions throughout the duration of the school year.
Expectations of E4USA Teachers:
- Teachers should be comfortable with uncertainty and be willing to guide students as they attempt projects for which a single solution does not exist.
- Teachers should be comfortable teaching basic mathematics concepts during the course.
- Teachers should be willing to learn alongside students to support their design project efforts and to generate necessary curricular resources in response to student design project concepts.
- Teachers should be willing to engage in ongoing professional development activities, such as online learning communities.
Expectations of E4USA Students:
- Students will have successfully completed algebra I.
- Students will work in teams and will contribute equitably to the design, construction and testing of an engineered solution.