Einstein Units & Kits
Kit Materials & Curriculum
Our kits consist of research-based curriculum and interactive materials for 25 - 30 students, making them a full unit of study. Einstein units are inquiry-based, which is a "student-centered method of teaching in which the teacher acts as a facilitator who guides conversations and poses questions alongside their students rather than as an all-knowing purveyor of knowledge." Inquiry classrooms tend to perform investigations, analyze data and construct explanations.
With the development of Next Generation of Science Standards, our curriculum team is using various resources to align and direct the materials in our units to those new standards. We are your expert facility to assist educations with making sure you are implementing and teaching to these new standards.
Our current curriculum is developed internally or from national education institutions. Not only do our units cover science and engineering concepts, but they also use math, technology, reading and other subjects to create the most enriching educational environment for students.
A New Standard for STEM Education
Countless studies have proven that quality professional development impacts not only teacher performance, but also student achievement. Therefore, our philosophy on professional development is to provide educators with quality sessions in various formats to meet their needs and budget.
We offer a variety of timely professional development opportunities delivered in short and manageable chunks throughout the school year. We also provide online and in-person professional development for educators, preparing them to teaching inquiry-based curriculum. In order to keep costs low, we are seeking creative ways to use technology to impact more teachers than ever before.
Topics for professional development are cultivated based on Wisconsin’s Standards for Science, which are aligned with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and emerging trends in educational practices. Educators can choose from a variety of areas to pursue professional growth including; STEM specific content, cross-curriculum integration, standards implementation and assessment, and best practices in student learning. We provide training for content-specific areas of science, engineering practices and models, makerspace development and implementation, design challenges and much more.
Besides offering training throughout the school year, each summer, we host the Einstein Academy, which allows educators the option to dabble in learning something new or just gain better understanding of the science concepts they will be teaching. It’s also a great way to network with people outside their district/school.
Makerspace & Maker Mindset
What Is a Makerspace?
Makerspace is a place where people collaborate to share tools, materials and expertise on all sorts of creative and technical endeavors. A makerspace can be classrooms, mobile units, after-school workshops, and more. It's the activities and learning process inside the space that makes it truly impactful for students.
Four Elements of a Makerspace
- Build Enthusiasm in Tinkering
- Build Skills through Direct Projects
- Build Engagement with open-ended projects
- Build Empowerment with Design Challenges
Why Have a Makerspace?
By hosting a makerspace or maker kits, you are creating an environment where students are empowered to build their skills. When you have the mix of the freedom and direction that comes with a makerspaces, students will develop skills necessary to be successful in the future. Creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, introspection, and communication all thrive in a makerspace environment.
Einstein Project Maker Services
We can be your one-stop STEM educational partner in providing the best solution for your school/district. We can assist in designing or supplying a space for students to prepare for their next path, whether that is college admissions, employment/careers and/or STEM literacy as a community member. We can also be a resource for your educators to assist them in learning and implanting the Maker Mindset into their curriculum.
For students looking for an alternative way to experience learning, check out the workshops that take place in Einstein's Sandbox. Classes range in topic and are held during the day through the Fall of 2018 at our facility.
Makerspace Replenishment & Refurbishment
For schools with makerspace in their facilities, we can bring materials to keep your space fully stocked and ready for students. But for facilities with our a space, we offer our fully-equipped space at our facility.
From simple, small building block projects to a full unit of study, we provide maker kits that align with your curriculum needs.
Browse and login to our online catalog to review our kit offerings, educator training opportunities, and to download the unit resources, including lesson extension, parent letters, unit assessments and more!
Interested in receiving a grant to bring Einstein Project units and professional development to your school or district. With a fund from our organization's founder, Steven Van Dyke, we encourage schools who are new to using our kits around Wisconsin to apply.
Read our Einstein Blog to stay up-to-date on educational standards change, curriculum updates, and our professional development training program re-vamp and our continuous building of our program and services. Einstein Project's staff provides you with the latest educational trends and resources.