Christine Cunningham

    • Media Contact:
      Cynthia Berger
    • Member Type(s): Expert
    • Title:Director
    • Organization:Engineering is Elementary
    • Area of Expertise:STEM education, curriculum development

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My Expertise

    My Expertise

      Area(s) of expertise: STEM education, curriculum development
      Summary of expertise:
      Dr. Cunningham pioneered the national movement to integrate engineering in elementary education. She heads a dynamic 35-person team that develops nationally disseminated engineering curricula for grades K-8, conducts teacher professional development in elementary engineering, and conducts educational research on how people learn and teach engineering and science.
      Blog/Web site:
      Mary Margaret Scoby Award, Technology Education for Children Council, 2007
      Leaders to Watch, International Technology Educational Association, 2007
      Epsilon Pi Tau, Exemplary Initiation, 2006
      Outstanding Leadership Award, American Society of Engineering Education K-12 Division, 2005
      College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Excellence in Extension/Outreach Award, Cornell University, 1999
      Marvin and Ruth Glock Dissertation Award, Cornell University, 1997
      American Educational Research Association Division K Dissertation Award, 1996
      National Association for Research in Science Teaching Dissertation Award, 1996
      Spencer Dissertation Fellowship, 1994-95
      NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 1991-94
      A.D. White Fellowship, Cornell University, 1991-94
      Alpheus Henry Snow Prize, Yale University, 1991
      Yale Science and Engineering Award, Yale University, 1991
      William K. Belnap Prize, Yale University, 1991
      John Spangler Nichols Cup, Yale University, 1991
      Phi Beta Kappa, Yale University, Inducted 1989, President 1990-91

      Memberships and Committees:
      Current Advisory Committees:
      Institute for P-12 Engineering Research and Learning (INSPIRE), Crossing Boundaries and Exploring Biodiversity Conservation Using Information Technologies, Partnership to Improve Student Achievement Physical Science: Integrated STEM approaches (PISA2), Project Infuse

      Previous Advisory Committees:
      National Academy of Engineering Committee on K-12 Engineering Education Standards’
      Journal of Research in Science Teaching, Science Education, National Science Foundation, Journal of Engineering Education

      Prior media experience:
      Quoted in:
      U.S News and World Report
      Education Week
      New York Times
      Wall Street Journal
      Magazine of the Society of Women Engineers
      AAAS News (American Association for the Advancement of Science)

      Educational background:
      1995 Ph.D. Cornell University
      Science Education, Curriculum and Instruction
      Advisors: William S. Carlsen (principal), Kenneth Strike, George Posner
      Dissertation: “The Effect of Teachers’ Sociological Understanding of Science on Classroom Practice and Curriculum Innovation”
      1991 B.A. & M.A. Yale College & University
      Biology with Honors, Summa cum laude

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