EDC and ESE Broaden Participation of Grade 1-6 Mass. Teachers and Students in Computer Science

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A STEM+Computing Partnership (STEM+C) grant from the National Science Foundation is enabling EDC and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (ESE) to implement a timely and ambitious computer science education initiative, "Broadening Participation of Elementary School Teachers and Students in Computer Science through STEM Integration and Statewide Collaboration." The initiative builds on previous work with ESE and the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN) to expand and strengthen computer science education throughout the state.

Principal Investigator (PI) Joyce Malyn-Smith (at left) said, "We see this as an exciting opportunity to help Massachusetts students develop a foundation of skills that will advantage them as they live, learn, and work in a world driven by technology." Malyn-Smith and co-PI Jake Foster are leading a team in:

  • Designing, developing, and testing 18 modules and related resources 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/curriculum development and scale-up

Grade 1–6 STEM education experts are crosswalking national math and science standards with Digital Literacy/Computer Science standards and identifying points of synergy that Grade 1–6 teachers are developing into modules. One hundred teachers will participate in capacity-building professional development, and will develop and pilot project materials. EDC, ESE, MassCAN, and other STEM stakeholders will disseminate the modules, related resources, and professional development opportunities to teachers across the state and share lessons learned to inform computer science education initiatives nationwide.

Last Updated: October 2016