Rhode Island STEAM Education Leader Award

The Rhode Island STEAM Center @ Rhode Island College, in collaboration with the Office of Governor Gina Raimondo, the Rhode Island Department of Education, and Vertikal6, will recognize an outstanding educator with the 2019 Rhode Island STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts + design, Mathematics) Education Leader Award for contributions to STEAM education in the classroom, district, state, or community.  Applicant must be a full-time, licensed K-12 teacher at a public school in Rhode Island who has at least 3 years of experience teaching (the 2018-2019 school year may count as one of those years).  A team of two teachers may…

2019 New England Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge

AET Labs, Stratasys & GrabCAD are pleased to present the 5th annual New England Extreme Redesign 3D Printing Challenge. The 2019 “People’s Choice” semi-final event honors students from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont & Connecticut who are entering the global Extreme Redesign Challenge, or are simply looking to compete on a local level. The challenge invites students to redesign an existing product to improve how a task is accomplished, or design something entirely new that addresses an unmet need. This is a quest to find the most creative, mechanically sound, and realistically achievable design using 3D printing. This year’s winning…

Report of 2018 NSSME

The Report of 2018 NSSME+ (The National Survey of Science & Mathematics Education) details the results of a survey of 7,600 science, mathematics, and computer science teachers in schools across the United States. Areas addressed include: teacher backgrounds and beliefs; science, mathematics, and computer science professional development; science, mathematics, and computer science courses; instructional objectives and activities; instructional resources; and factors affecting instruction.  Read more.

Diversity, Retention Rates, and Undergraduate Computer Science

A new report released by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) uses data to examine and understand retention in U.S. undergraduate CS programs.  Although the report, Retention in Computer Science Undergraduate Programs in the U.S: Data Challenges and Promising Interventions, reveals that significantly better data is needed to draw any broad conclusions, it offers  a number of recommendations regarding data collection, successful interventions, and future research based on case studies from specific institutions and successfully-implemented interventions. Recommendations include: Instructors of introductory courses need to be involved in data collection. Data should be evaluated in different contexts, using different denominators to determine…

Call to Action: America’s Strategy for STEM Education

The Committee on STEM education of the National Science & Technology Council has released, Charting a Course for Success: American’s Strategy for STEM Education.  This five-year strategic plan for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education outlines a strategy that will succeed best with participation by the entire STEM education stakeholder community.   The plan identifies three aspirational goals: 1) build strong foundations for STEM liteacy 2) increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM and 3) prepare the STEM workforce of the future  These goals can be reached through cross-cutting set of approaches which include development of partnerships, engagement with converging disciplines,…

2018 State of Computer Science Education

The Code.org Advocacy Coalition and the Computer Science Teachers Association released the 2018 State of Computer Science Education Report in late September.  The report contains the status of computer science education policy across the nation and identifies nine policies that help increase and broaden participation.  Data on individual states including Rhode Island are included.  Read more.

Resilient Rhody: New State Climate Preparedness Strategy

Rhode Island released an 85-page climate-preparedness strategy – Resilient Rhody – which responds to changing weather and environmental conditions in Rhode Island caused by climate change.  The report offers recommendations and implementable actions to better prepare the state for these impacts.  Key areas include critical infrastructure and utilities, natural systems, emergency preparedness, and community health and resilience. An Executive Order signed by Governor Gina Raimondo on September 15, 2017 put into motion nine months of collaborative work among expert stakeholders on climate resilience and included state agency staff and statewide organization leaders.   The recommended climate resilience actions introduced throughout the…

Makerspaces and Making Culture

Making Culture, a report released by the ExCITe (Expressive and Creative Interaction Technologies) Center at Drexel University is the first in-depth examination of K-12 education makerspaces nationwide.   Making Culture is the product of a year-long investigation visiting 30 K-12 education makerspaces across 12 metropolitan regions conducted through in-depth interviews with students, instructors, and leadership alongside observation and study of each space and its programs. This report reveals the significance of cultural aspects of making (student interests, real world relevance, and community collaboration) that enable learning. The research highlights how makerspaces foster a range of positive student learning outcomes, but also reflect…

Technovation RI Team Makes It to the Semifinals

Technovation Rhode Island senior division team “Code Trip” is officially a semifinalist for the Technovation World Pitch. Code Trip is mentored by East Greenwich High School Computer Science teacher Holly Eaves and is composed of three East Greenwich High School students — Katie Cretella, Morgan Prior, and Lauren Shanos. Code Trip is 1 of 19 US teams to make it to the semifinals. Code Trip’s app is titled “Easy Eats”. Easy Eats provides simple step-by-step recipe instructions that aim to increase the independence of those with intellectual disabilities. The app is cognizant of sensitivities of these individuals, which is why…

Rhode Island Computer Science Education Standards

On May The Rhode Island Council on Elementary and Secondary Education endorsed the new Rhode Island Computer Science Education Standards which identify the knowledge, practices, and skills in computer science (CS) that all students should know and be able to do at each level in their education.  They inform, encourage, and drive a sustainable computer science education program by creating realistic pathways and expectations for all students. The CS Education Standards Advisory Committee represented a broad range of expertise including elementary, middle, and high school teachers, district coordinators and administrators, higher education faculty, and industry professionals.  Experts in cybersecurity and…