WALTHAM, MA | July 8, 2013
To prepare U.S. students to be able to analyze data and extract useful information from them, EDC has established the Oceans of Data Institute. EDC is already working on infusing teaching and learning about big data into K-16 courses in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The new institute is based at EDC’s world headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts.
EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute will bring together the academic, research, and practitioner communities that are advancing the fields of STEM and STEM education. Institute staff are developing and testing digital tools and curriculum materials, and conducting research, such as the recently released report Visualizing Oceans of Data: Educational Interface Design.
“The increasing availability of digital, sharable data presents a huge opportunity for society to answer whole new kinds of important questions,” said EDC Senior Research Scientist Ruth Krumhansl, who directs the institute. “To meet the promise of big data, students today need to become proficient in data-based inquiry skills that move well beyond those taught in traditional science and mathematics classrooms.”
The ability to analyze and understand large data sets will be a critical component of future STEM jobs, as reflected in the newly established Next Generation Science Standards, which require that students be able to “analyze and interpret data” and “develop and use models.” To meet these expectations, the institute will produce new materials for teachers and digital tools and curricula for students. The first product, already completed, is a new earth science curriculum that will be used in schools for the first time this fall.
“EDC has been a pioneer in science and mathematics education for more than 50 years,” said Luther Luedtke, EDC president and CEO. “We are particularly adept at confronting challenges collaboratively with scientists, educators, policymakers, schools, and districts with an eye on student success.”
For more information, or to become involved in the work of the Oceans of Data Institute, visit www.oceansofdata.org.
Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), is a global nonprofit organization that addresses urgent challenges in education, health, and economic development. EDC manages 250 projects in 30 countries. Visit edc.org.