Explore Interactive Join Forces with Museum of Science, Boston’s EiE Team to Expand Research-Proven, Digital Resources for Elementary STEM Teaching and Learning
Explore Interactive and EiE, the award-winning curricula division of the Museum of Science, Boston, are now collaborating to expand engineering and STEM curricular resources to teachers and students across the globe. MindLabs by Explore Interactive brings state-of-the-art technology that, combined with award-winning EiE curricula, will provide teachers with standards-aligned, engaging activities to help students build skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, engineering design, and team collaboration — all skills required for jobs in the 21st century.
Explore Interactive and EiE will combine the power of research-driven curricula with engaging activities that use augmented reality (AR) for hands-on discovery. EiE currently develops research-based, classroom-tested programs that empower children to become lifelong STEM learners. Its pre-K-8 curriculum encourages all children, including those from underrepresented groups, to see themselves as engineers. MindLabs brings to the partnership expertise in augmented reality and digital resources for STEM learning as well as critical components for teaching, such as digital assessment, digital engineering notebooks, and integrated technology for social-emotional learning.
“Involvement in STEM subjects can help to develop a student’s critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills, all essential for success in STEM fields. Early exposure can also pique a student’s interest in STEM subjects and careers as well as dispel stereotypes or misconceptions about STEM fields,” said Katie O’Shea, Associate Director of Curriculum and Instructional Design at EIE, Museum of Science, Boston. “By incorporating MindLabs, we’re furthering our goals of helping students learn to think like engineers and promoting their STEM literacy.”
“We know that children learn best through play, curiosity, and hands-on practice,” added Amanda Thompson, CEO of Explore Interactive. “We are thrilled to partner with EIE at the Boston Museum of Science to further enrich the experiences of students through in-school and after-school learning activities. With AR, students can see concepts come to life right before them. Adding that interactive aspect can make all the difference in inspiring a young mind to go into science or engineering.”
MindLabs’ AR technology is funded, in part, by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. In 2020, Forbes named MindLabs the STEM product with the best hands-on and AR integration, and in January 2023, FETC awarded MindLabs first place at Pitchfest in the Immersive Technology category.