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Innovator in K–12 education named winner of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in education

Christine Cunningham

Christine Cunningham

Christine Cunningham, Founder and Director of Engineering is Elementary (EiE) at the Museum of Science in Boston, has been named as a recipient of the 2017 Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education. The prize, which is administered through an alliance between McGraw-Hill Education and Arizona State University, honors outstanding individuals who are dedicated to improving education through new approaches.

The prize recognizes Cunningham’s work pioneering an engaging curriculum that introduces engineering concepts and practices to elementary students. Cunningham believes schools should “Innovate for the future—but design for the classrooms of today.” Since 2004, her curriculum has been implemented in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, reaching 12.8 million children and an estimated 1.25 million educators, while also providing access to populations underserved and underrepresented in STEM fields.

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