In a press release made public this afternoon, Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) announced that EDC and long-time partner SRI Education are working with the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to coordinate Next Generation STEM Learning for All, a daylong invitational forum on STEM education that will take place on November 9 in Washington DC. Next Generation STEM Learning for All will engage thought leaders from multiple sectors—including K-12, higher education, informal learning, research, workforce development, policy, business, and industry—in discussing topics such as broadening participation in STEM, expanding time devoted to STEM learning, and designing research experiences for teachers. The first-ever White House Summit on Next Generation High Schools will follow the forum on November 10.
“It has been exciting to work with so many partners to stage this forum which will actually kick off a week of events by the Obama administration to focus on STEM education,” said EDC Senior Project Director Sarita Pillai (above left), a lead organizer of the forum with EDC Principal Research Scientist Caroline Parker. “We look forward to showcasing so many NSF-funded research and development projects and discussing national goals for STEM in schools.”
Several EDC researchers representing various STEM fields will be part of the forum, including Joyce Malyn-Smith, the Principal Investigator of EDC's new NSF-funded STEM+Computing Partnership (STEM+C) project. Malyn-Smith will serve as a featured panelist for “Advancing STEM+Computing in K-12 Education,” a discussion that will explore new approaches for integrating computing and STEM, building teacher workforce for computer science, and teaching and learning of computing for diverse learners. Learn more about EDC's STEM work.
Last updated: November 6, 2015