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KET to Participate in 2018 NSF’s STEM for All Video Showcase to Highlight Innovation in STEM Education

KET, WGBH, and EDC’s collaborative project titled, Integrating Computational Thinking into Mathematics Instruction in Rural and Urban Preschools, will be featured in the 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase funded by the National Science Foundation.  The event will be held online May 14th -21st at http://stemforall2018.videohall.com.

The project examined how computational thinking hadn’t previously been used in a pre-k environment. Three CT apps and twelve hands-on activities were developed as prototypes. Observers analyzed how these were used in the classrooms to gain a better understanding of how children approach questions, problems, and challenges using CT skills. This knowledge will be used to expand CT skills beyond the area of math and into rest of the learning day.

Now in its fourth year, the annual showcase will feature over 200 innovative projects aimed at improving STEM learning and teaching, which have been funded by the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies. During the weeklong, event researchers, practitioners, policy makers and members of the public are invited to view the short videos, discuss them with the presenters online, and vote for their favorites.

The theme for this year’s event is “Transforming the Educational Landscape.” Video presentations cover a wide range of topics including science, mathematics, computer science, engineering, cyberlearning, citizen science, maker spaces, mentoring, informal learning, professional development, research and evaluation, NGSS and the Common Core. The videos highlight initiatives for students of all ages – kindergarten through graduate school, as well as those for adult learners.

Last year’s STEM for All Video Showcase is still being accessed, and to date has had over 51,000 unique visitors from over 189 countries.

The “STEM for All Video Showcase” is created and hosted by TERC a non-profit, research and development organization, located in Cambridge MA.  TERC partners with six NSF funded resource centers MSPnet, CADRE, CAISE, CIRCL, STELAR, CS for All Teachers. The Showcase is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (#1642187).


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