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Christine Cunningham

Dr. Christine Cunningham

Professor of Practice of Education and Engineering

Phone: 814-865-0861

258 Chambers Building
University Park, PA 16802


  • Curriculum and Instruction


Christine Cunningham is a Professor of Practice in Education and Engineering in the College of Education at Penn State whose work aims to make engineering and science more relevant and equitable, especially for populations underrepresented and underserved in engineering and science. She aims to create the next generation of innovators and problem solvers by developing research-based and field-tested engineering curricula and professional learning resources for PreK-12 education. Her research focuses on articulating frameworks for precollege engineering education and exploring affordances of engineering for learners. She currently serves on the National Assessment Governing Board. Previously, Cunningham was the Founding Director of Engineering is Elementary (EiE). In 2017, her work was recognized with the prestigious Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Prize in Education. 

Areas of Expertise


Education Access
Equity and Diversity

Curriculum Areas

Science Ed

Education Levels

Early Childhood Ed
Middle School/Junior High

Teacher Preparation

Professional Development
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