90 elementary teachers in rural, undeserved areas of Virginia are engaged in a 2-year cycle of professional development and classroom instruction to support engineering, digital technology, and systems thinking among their students.
One thousand rural, suburban and urban students, grades 4-5 in MD, VA and DC, will participate in STEM simulation adventures, engineering challenges and writing exercises that include 21st century skill and delivered into classrooms via the cloud.
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.
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.
350 youth (grades 2-5), 100 caregivers, 16+ librarians, and 16+ engineers participate in a library education program centered on engaging youth with age-appropriate, technology-rich STEM learning experiences fundamental to the engineering process.