ENGINEER: Breaking New Ground in the Science Education Realm


ENGINEER supports Europe-wide uptake of innovative methods in science teaching and provides extensive teacher training on inquiry-based science education.

The project is based on the programme ‘Engineering is Elementary' (EiE) developed by Boston Museum of Science (BMOS) in 2003-04, which is now widely used in primary schools in the USA. 

Using EiE's Engineering Design Plan model, ENGINEER aims to develop ten engineering design challenge units suitable for European educational settings. Each unit will focus on one engineering field and will use inexpensive materials for student-led design problem-solving.

Science museums will lead the outreach effort, targeting science teachers, students groups and the general public. It is expected that the ENGINEER training will be provided to around 1,000 teachers; school and museum activities should reach over 25,000 students.

Basic information

Country: Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Sweden, United Kingdom, Other

Coordinator: Bloomfield Science Museum, Israel,

Programme: FP7

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Target groups: education authorities, parents, primary school students, researchers, teachers, trainee teachers

Topic: Applied sciences, Engineering, Education

Start year: 2011

End year: 2014


Contact person: Maya Halevy, Bloomfield Science Museum, mayah (at)

ENGINEER is relevant to multiple targets, including primary school science teachers, school administrators, science centres and museums, primary school students, their parents, science education networks and associations, the science education research community, relevant local, national and EU authorities, and the general public.

An advocacy programme is specifically aimed at influencing education policy makers throughout Europe. The major goal is to ensure wider uptake of ENGINEER tools and methods in European education.


The EiE evaluation has shown that adding engineering to science lessons, using inquiry-based pedagogic methods, results in raising students' motivation and interest in science and engineering subjects.

All the teaching materials developed by the project will be available on the ENGINEER website:


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