Engaging Youth through Engineering Middle Grades Modules


"They're building their interest so they go into middle school and high school getting ready for courses geared toward college level engineering and then they get into the industry and have the background to get ready."

-- Victoria Bosarge, Teacher, Mobile Alabama

Program Type

Curriculum/Instructional Materials
Hands on/Project-Based

Target Audience

All Students

Teachers/Educational Leaders




Grades 6 - 8

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Program Impact

Almost 3,500 middle school students in Alabama and Massachusetts middle schools are learning about engineering in their math and science classes through an innovative curriculum that exposes them to engineering design challenges: The Engaging Youth through Engineering (EYE) middle grades Teaching Modules. Students exposed to EYE earn significantly higher scores on standard tests and report much greater interest in engineering and other STEM careers. EYE is ready to expand to schools serving thousands of students in states such as Alabama, Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Mississippi and Washington, DC.


Program Overview

Engaging Youth through Engineering is a workforce and economic development initiative to inspire, engage, and prepare elementary and middle school students to take the coursework needed to support the growing demand for highly skilled and technology-savvy workers for the aerospace, shipbuilding and other industries locating in the Mobile area.

EYE is developing middle grades teaching modules to increase the number and diversity of middle grades students eager and able to pursue STEM careers and who choose to take more high school mathematics and science courses in preparation for high demand STEM jobs.

The eight modules are designed for grades 6, 7 and 8. Each requires 6 to 8 hours of class time, involves collaboration of both mathematics and science classes, and uses an engineering design challenge to engage students, bringing relevance and rigor to required mathematics and science content.

Another purpose of the EYE Modules is to serve as a catalyst for district level STEM reform. The modules aim to influence local curriculum standards so that they integrate engineering design challenges and the design process into required mathematics and science content for all middle grades students. 

How To Get Involved

EYE costs between $3,600 and $6,000 to implement in a typical middle school. Costs fall to roughly $1,800 to 3,600 in subsequent years. Schools in 24 states have expressed interest in the curriculum.

Funders and Partners

The J.L. Bedsole Foundation; National Science Foundation, The Toyota USA Foundation, Mobile County Public School System, Mobile Area Education Foundation


Dr. Jeremiah Newell

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STEM Principles

  • Challenging and Relevant Content

    Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience

  • STEM Practices

    Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.

  • Inspiration

    Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.

  • Under-Represented Groups

    Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.