Middle school (6-8)

Biomechanics to Offer Diverse Young Minds Opportunities to Develop, Explore, and Learn STEM

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More than 60 educators and 120 youth will participate in an intensive curriculum design, implementation, refinement and research project that strives to integrate Biomechanics into elementary science for the learning of interdisciplinary STEM Topics.
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Beyond Rubrics: Moving Towards Embedded Assessment in Maker Education

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MIT will partner with Maker Ed, a national nonprofit, to develop and evaluate practices of embedded assessment in maker-centered learning. The 2-year project will support design-based research in middle school science and engineering classrooms.
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Developing Digital Makers in the Coding Makerspace to Include Boys of Color in Computer Science Learning and Cybersecurity Workforce Development

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Over 80 underrepresented boys of color grades 4-12 in Central Texas are engaged in relevant digital maker projects, earning certification in Python, and gaining real-world experience through mentoring and cyber security workforce development activities.
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Integrating the Computer Science and Computational Thinking in Three Rural Eastern North Carolina School Districts

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Middle school teachers and students in three rural North Carolina school districts are engaged with school leaders and community members to integrate of computational thinking strategies and computer science dispositions into the art and music disciplines
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Community-Engaged Engineering Interventions with Appalachian Youth

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In three rural Virginia counties, cohorts of 300 students per year, grades 6-8, are engaged with local engineers to do regular hands-on engineering activities integrated into the regular science curriculum to address teacher-identified state standards.
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Connecting STEM to Music and the Physics of Sound Waves

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Two thousands youth grades 7-10 learn science through making electronic music and musical instruments. Programs developed in-school and in after school settings. Professional development and online resources for teachers.
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Developing a Model for Expanding Informal Tech Education for Underrepresented Communities through Makerspaces

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Three middle/high after-school programs in Maryland will be trained to bring Makerspace thinking to their informal education programs to introduce a tech component and supported with a discovery-based maker course for their youth.
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Nebraska Innovative Maker Co-laboratory

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More than 75 rural youth in grades 6-12 in rural Western Nebraska are engaged in Makerspace activities using two / main strategies; a) virtual collaborative spaces and b) robotic telepresence, to provide rural youth access to mentors.
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Improving the Pipeline for Rural and American Indian Students Entering Computer Science Via Storytelling

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We will lead middle school students through the process of learning to use Alice to tell their story, through a guided program, and then to let them learn and explore how to create their own story using Alice in primarily Native American communities.
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Project-Based Learning Opportunities and Exploration of Mentorship for Students with Visual Impairments in STEM

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