About this Project

Background 


The Math & Science through Engineering project is a state-awarded Math Science Partnership (MSP) grant. Additional funding for teacher summer stipend and travel expenses was provided in the first and second years by the Maine Space Grant Consortium


The partners in this project are: the Maine Mathematics & Science AllianceMaine Maritime Academy, Husson University (Years 2 & 3), Auburn School Department
Lake Region School District/MSAD 61, Oxford Hills School District/SAD 17, Ridge View Elementary School/AOS 94 in Dexter (Years 1 & 2), Biddeford Middle School (Years 2 & 3), Appleton Village School/Union 69 (Year 3), and Mountain Valley & Dirigo Middle Schools/RSU 10 (Year 1)The MSTE project has also provided training for 21st Century Community Learning Center after school and summer programs in Portland, Biddeford, Sanford, and Lebanon.

Professional Development Goals 

These goals have been addressed through (a) Professional Learning Community Meetings, (b) online, asynchronous book studies, and (c) a 3-day/24-hour summer institute at Maine Maritime Academy in 2014 and 2015, and at Husson University in 2016.


  • Increase K-8 teachers’ understanding of engineering and its applications in developing students’ understanding of targeted science and mathematics content.

  • Increase teachers’ understanding of the complementary nature of the practices outlined for engineering, mathematics, and science in the NGSS and Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM), with an emphasis on the shared practices of modeling, collecting and analyzing data, and constructing and critiquing arguments.

  • Prepare teachers to implement two weeks of instruction that uses an engineering design problem as the anchor for science and mathematics content and practices (Year 1 focus), and to otherwise create or adapt lessons to integrate math, science or technology with engineering.
  • Guide teachers in trying strategies of formative assessment, differentiation, and evidence-based reasoning/argumentation, which can also be leveraged for any subject taught.
  • Establish a network of K-8 teachers, university professors, practicing engineers, and MMSA staff to support the integration of engineering instruction.

  • Deepen students’ abilities to propose successful solutions to engineering problems through proficient use of targeted science, engineering and mathematical practices.

  • Increase students’ content knowledge in science, mathematics and engineering.

Participant Benefits
  • No cost professional development program that aligns with needs of teachers, schools, and/or districts

  • Access to developmentally appropriate engineering instruction anchored in science and math content and rich in STEM practices

  • Print and online resources and access to experts in engineering fields from institutes of higher education

  • Participation in a network of schools sharing strategies and effective instructional approaches for integration of engineering into existing school curricula

  • Multi-district/school collaborations and opportunities to work with teacher leaders to promote STEM integration across K-8

  • Exemplars of student work in engineering, developed by project participants and shared across groups

Project Contacts


Lynn Farrin: lfarrin@mmsa.org, 207-626-3230 ext. 112

Lisa Marchi: lmarchi@mmsa.org, 207-626-3230 ext. 113
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