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Engineering is Elementary

Liz Parry Liz Parry

Elizabeth (Liz) A. Parry, the coordinator for STEM partnership development in The Engineering Place, is the certified trainer for Engineering is Elementary (EIE) in the State of North Carolina.

EIE is a series of curricular units that focus on science, social studies and literacy goals through practical activities tied to engineering as an integrator. Each unit begins with a storybook that presents a problem requiring the help of an engineer to solve. The stories are set in locations around the world and involve a diverse set of children. For more information about EIE, visit the Museum of Science, Boston, website at

Parry, a mechanical engineer who retired from IBM to become involved in engineering outreach, offers several services to schools and groups considering the use of EIE materials as a part of their regular classroom experience, the whole-school magnet theme or extracurricular activities. Parry currently works with the Rachel Freeman School of Engineering in Wilmington, N.C., Brentwood Elementary in Raleigh, N.C., and with over 160 teachers across the state on EIE implementation.

Contact her at to discuss what The Engineering Place can do for your organization today, including:

  • Teacher Educator Institutes in partnership with the Museum of Science, Boston;
  • customized staff development in classroom demonstration lessons; and
  • ongoing staff development and support.

The Engineering is Elementary (EIE) program, established by the Museum of Science, Boston, facilitates the incorporation of engineering in the elementary school curriculum. This program is easily linked to the Standard Course of Study.

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