A panel of STEM, education, and industry experts from across the country will gather at EDC to define the skills and knowledge needed to compete in a big-data-centered economy. The resulting occupational profile will serve to inform conversations about K–16 STEM education and college and career readiness. Hosted by EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute, the meeting will take place August 15–16 in Waltham.
Even young kids are learning to code, and some of the toys and games available today are helping them develop computational thinking. But what is computational thinking? Forbes asked, and EDC’s Wendy Martin and Francisco Cervantes answered.
The Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN), a coalition of businesses and nonprofits including EDC, is working with teachers, technology companies, and policymakers to bring computer science into the classroom and get students excited about studying the field.
Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in conjunction with EDC, the event is part of a national series of workshops and will be held May 12 at the Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering in Needham, Massachusetts.
An EDC mathematics curriculum takes a new approach to algebra learning, connecting the concrete procedures of arithmetic to the abstract reasoning that success in algebra requires. Transition to Algebra, funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation and published by Heinemann, builds on a history of curriculum development at EDC centered on fostering mathematical habits of mind. It is designed to be used flexibly to support algebra in Grades 6—10.
What would it take to colonize another world? What can cause Earth’s climate to change? Will another large earthquake happen in California? A new full-year science curriculum, EDC Earth Science, enables students to explore these and other questions and seek answers grounded in authentic data. The curriculum was developed with support from the National Science Foundation and is fully aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards.
To help inform career and technical education (CTE) discussions and policy-making, EDC has published a new white paper, Opportunities and Challenges in Secondary Career and Technical Education, which will be presented during the 2014 Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE) Policy Seminar today in Washington, D.C.
EDC has received a $50,000 grant to support a statewide coalition effort to expand computer science education in Massachusetts and inspire students to take coding and other computer courses. The grant was awarded by the Boston Foundation, which seeks to address pressing needs in the Greater Boston community.
EDC has been named the Program Office for the Amgen Foundation’s Amgen Biotech Experience, an innovative science education program that provides a real-world biotech lab experience to middle and high school students. EDC will support the program and facilitate its continued development in the United States and the United Kingdom.
The Oceans of Data Institute at EDC will take center stage at the Big Data and Analytics Curricula Conference this weekend, where institute director and EDC senior scientist Ruth Krumhansl will deliver the opening keynote.
EDC has been awarded more than $14 million in multi-year grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to begin new initiatives or to continue ongoing work to enhance science and mathematics teaching and learning from preschool through high school.
Apps can engage kids in the study of math, but what are they really learning? EDC is interviewed about its work with Boston public television station WGBH and the Next Generation Preschool Math program to evaluate the effectiveness of several apps.