Challenge

Computer science is an ever-growing, ever-changing field. It is also one that is filled with opportunity. But can schools keep pace?

EDC is helping to expand and strengthen computer science education in Massachusetts through the Broadening Participation of Elementary School Teachers and Students in Computer Science through STEM Integration and Statewide Collaboration project. This project is part of a statewide effort to support the implementation of the recently approved Massachusetts Digital Literacy and Computer Science Standards, which are designed to help better prepare students to thrive in a world driven by technology.

Key Activities

Hand-in-hand with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, project staff will work on the following activities:

  • Designing, developing, and testing 18 classroom modules that integrate computational thinking into grades 1–6
  • Building elementary teachers’ capacity to integrate computational thinking into their mathematics and science lessons
  • Integrating this work into the state’s educational infrastructure for standards and curriculum development and scale-up
  • Disseminating materials and findings
  • Sharing lessons learned to inform computer science education initiatives nationwide

Impact

The project will work with 100 teachers across Massachusetts to develop and pilot modules that integrate computational thinking tasks into curricula for grades 1–6.

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DURATION
2016–Present
FUNDED BY
National Science Foundation, STEM+Computing Partnerships
PARTNERS

Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education