Curriculum

The KC EMPOWER Project: Designing More Accessible STEM Activities

Tue, 03/01/2016

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Bob Hirshon and Laureen Summers of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Babette Moeller, Wendy Martin

This paper, published in K–12 STEM Education, describes an effort to examine how STEM resources could be made more accessible for students, regardless of what abilities they bring to the table. The authors looked at a small selection of afterschool STEM activities taken from 80 that were developed years ago through a previous National Science Foundation grant (Award # 0104671, Kinetic City After School: An On-line Adventure).

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49 pp.

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2016 DRK–12 Event Focuses on Impacts, Bridging Research and Practice, and Digital Media

CADRE at EDC supports and shares innovative DRK-12 STEM education R&D

On June 1–3, EDC convened 230 National Science Foundation (NSF) Discovery Research K–12 (DRK–12) awardees and 20 NSF program officers to share strategies, impacts, and challenges in their innovative work to improve STEM education. Held in Washington, DC, the invitational meeting had a special focus on exploring the role of digital media in fostering deep STEM and cross-disciplinary learning and also engaged participants in examining how STEM education R&D can best address the needs of practitioners.

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NSF DRK-12 PI Meeting

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06/03/2016
June 1-3: Washington, DC

On June 1 to 3, EDC will facilitate and host a national meeting of 300 National Science Foundation (NSF) Discovery Research K-12 program  awardees, as part of our work leading the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE)

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Visual-Spatial Thinking in Geometry and the Visual Arts

Mon, 02/01/2016

Author(s): 

Lynn T. Goldsmith, Craig Hoyle

The goal of this study, published in Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, was to investigate potential connections between the kind of visual-spatial thinking required in drawing and in geometric reasoning in students engaged in intensive study of either the visual arts or theater.

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16 pp.

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2016 NSF STEM Video Showcase Spotlights Work to Broaden Participation in STEM

EDC fosters successful STEM learning from preschool through college

From May 17 to 23, nine videos by EDC researchers and instructional designers will be featured in the National Science Foundation's (NSF) 2016 STEM Video Showcase. View EDC's nine videos here.

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Zoom In: Free Online Tool

18 lessons foster literacy skills in history class

EDC’s free, online Zoom In social studies resource helps students build literacy and historical thinking skills through “deep dives” into primary and secondary sources. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the tool’s 18 engaging lessons focus on key events in six National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) historical periods and support students’ close reading and evidence-based writing.

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Supporting STEM Success

Explore our new and ongoing STEM education initiatives

EDC helps educators foster the next generation of STEM innovators. Our STEM instructional designers, researchers, professional developers, and systems change specialists are advancing the field’s knowledge of effective STEM education, from preschool through college and in out-of-school time programs as well as schools.

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Promoting Data Literacy

Learn about the work of EDC's Oceans of Data Institute

Complex data is all around us—online, in the news, and under our noses each day. EDC's Oceans of Data Institute (ODI) is dedicated to transforming education to help people succeed in school, work, and life in a data-intensive world. Data literacy is not just essential to success in STEM and many other careers. It is key to making wise decisions to improve the well-being of communities, the country, and the world.

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The Impact of America’s Largest Classroom on Learning

Mon, 03/28/2016

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Findings from EDC studies are featured in this report by PBS

This report highlights three recent investigations into how PBS content influences learning, the effectiveness of PBS content in improving student achievement, and the readiness of PBS to connect with the next generation of educators and learners. The second section of the report presents results from an impact study conducted by EDC (led by PI Babette Moeller) that examined the impact of PBS LearningMedia content on student performance when integrated into curricula.

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24 pp.

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