2020 STEAM Educator Award

The Rhode Island STEAM Center @ Rhode Island College, in collaboration with the Office of Governor Gina Raimondo and the Rhode Island Department of Education will recognize an outstanding educator with the 2020 Rhode Island STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts + Design, Mathematics) Educator 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 2019-2020 school year may count as one of those years).  A team of two teachers may apply if…

Building Blocks of STEM Act

  The Building Blocks of STEM Act was signed into law at the end of 2019.  This law modifies National Science Foundation (NSF) grant programs that support STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, including computer science) education. The bill specifies that NSF grants to increase the participation of underrepresented populations in STEM fields may be used for research into various subjects regarding female students in prekindergarten through elementary school, including the role of teachers and caregivers in encouraging or discouraging participation by such students in STEM activities, and the types of STEM activities that encourage greater participation by such students….

Frog Watch

The Roger Williams Park Zoo chapter of the AZA FrogWatch is currently recruiting new frog watchers! Frog Watch is a citizen science program that provides volunteers the opportunity to learn about wetlands in your community by reporting on the calls of local frogs and toads. A strong presence of frogs and toads is indicative a healthy habitat, hence why they are called “indicator species”.  Data collected shows that frogs and toads are disappearing at an alarming rate. The FrogWatch program serves to provide evidence of species distribution as well as identifying impacts of habitat loss and climate change. Volunteers are…

Apply for the NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

The National Center for Women and Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC) honors 9th-12th grade students who self-identify as women, genderqueer, or non-binary for their computing-related achievements and interests, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award recipients are selected based on their aptitude and aspirations in technology and computing, as demonstrated by their computing experience, computing-related activities, leadership experience, tenacity in the face of barriers to access, and plans for post-secondary education. Since 2007, nearly 14,000 students have received an Award for AiC.The NCWIT Award for AiC is sponsored by Apple, Bank of America, Microsoft, Motorola…

2019 Computer Science Education Leader Award

Bryan Lucas, computer science/literacy teacher at Chariho Middle School has been named the 2019 CS4RI/CSTA-RI Computer Science Education Leader.  The award recognizes an educator who demonstrates a strong commitment to computer science education in their schools, districts, and communities.  Mr. Lucas was selected through a competitive process that was open to all full-time, licensed K-12 teachers in Rhode Island who have at least 3 years of experience teaching and 1 year of computer science teaching. Mr. Lucas has been with the Chariho Regional School District since 2006 after a long and distinguished career with the United States Navy.  His local…

2019 Rhode Island Computer Science (CS) Education Leader Award

Computer Science for Rhode Island (CS4RI) in collaboration with the Rhode Island Department of Education and the Computer Science Teachers Association-Rhode Island Affiliate (CSTA-RI) will recognize an outstanding educator with the 2019 CS4RI/CSTA-RI  Rhode Island Computer Science (CS) Education Leader Award for contributions to CS 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 and 1 year of computer science teaching.   A cash award of $1,000 will be awarded to the recipient for use in the classroom. …

Science & Technology Policy Fellowships

Applications are being accepted for the 2020-21 class of American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science & Technology Policy Fellows now through November 1st.  The AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowship is a paid, yearlong opportunity for professional development and public service for outstanding scientists and engineers. Fellows come from a wide range of disciplines, sectors, and career stages.  Fellows are postdocs, faculty on sabbatical, and other scientists and engineers looking to develop new skills as they grow in their careers. The AAAS is the largest general scientific society in the world. The fellowship program offers hands-on opportunities…

2019 Rhode Island STEAM Education Leader Award

Kelly Kerwin, 3-8 STEM Coach in the Pawtucket School Department has been named the 2019 Rhode Island STEAM Education Leader.  The award recognizes a teacher who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to STEAM – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts + design, Mathematics – education.  STEAM education adds arts + design (A) to the traditional science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. STEAM acknowledges the important role design thinking and creativity play in innovative solutions to problems and in the development of new ideas. Ms. Kerwin was selected through a competitive process that was open to all full-time, licensed K-12 teachers in…

NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing

Congratulations to the Rhode Island recipients of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Affiliate Award for Aspirations in Computing – Amaya (Woonsocket Career  and Technical Center), Cassandra (North Kingstown HS), Emily (Scituate HS), Emma (Middletown HS), Josephine (Scituate HS), Kendra (Smithfield Senior HS), Leslie (Newport Area Career And Technical Center), Rochelle (Davies Jr. Career and Technical HS), Sree Poorvika (La Salle Academy), and Tatyana (Metropolitan Regional Career and Technical Center). The award honors young women in grades 9 through 12 who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. Award…

New Foundational Skills of the Digital Economy

Burning Glass in partnership with the Business-Higher Education Forum released The New Foundational Skills of the Digital Economy: Developing the Professionals of the Future.  This report identifies 14 foundational skills including: 1) human skills; 2) digital building block skills; and 3) business enabler skills that they believe are crucial for people who want to keep pace with a changing job market.  Read more.