iDigFossils receives $1.2 million, will donate 3-D printers to children

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A UF professor will help give 3-D printers and scanners to children in Florida and California. Pavlo “Pasha” Antonenko, a UF associate professor of educational technology, helped lead “iDigFossils,” a project awarded almost $1.2 million by the National Science Foundation. The funding to give students scanners and printers started Monday. The 3-year project will allow kindergarten through high-school students to develop skills and interest in

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Building Automation and IoT as a Platform for Introducing STEM Education in K-12

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There is growing concern in the United States about the lack of interest and aptitude in science, math and, in particular, technology and engineering disciplines. Certainly one reason for this could be the lack of true engineering experiences available to students when they are in junior high and high school. This is in part due to the fact that while most teachers are well versed in math and science through their formal education, very few have experience and/or educational backgrounds in engineering and technology. To promote STEM careers, a partnership among university engineering faculty

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Petrosino shares ideas about integrating computer science in schools of education in NSF-sponsored event

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Computer science education researchers, leaders from colleges of education, teacher educators, and computer scientists from across the U.S. participated in a workshop to address critical questions related to the integration of computing education into schools of education. The National Science Foundation (NSF)-sponsored conference was held in New York City April 8 and 9 and focused on bringing computer science into colleges of education around

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Creating Socially Relevant Mobile Apps: Infusing Computing into Middle School Curricula in Two School Districts

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In this paper, we share our experiences implementing a professional development program in two school districts with middle school teachers who integrated an introductory computer science curriculum into their teaching. The 15 to 20–hour curriculum was based on students collaboratively creating mobile apps for socially relevant purposes with MIT App Inventor. Eleven teachers infused the curriculum into technology, math, engineering, library and art courses. We investigated how teachers modified the curriculum to fit their respective standards and students’ needs. We discuss the challenges they

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Empowering Middle School Students to Create Data-enabled Social Apps

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MIT App Inventor has enabled middle school students to learn computing while creating their own apps-including apps that serve community needs. However, few resources exist for building apps that gather and share data. There is a need for new tools and instructional materials for students to build data-enbaled, community-focused apps. We developed an extension for App Inventor, called AppleVis, which allows app-makers to publish and retrieve data from our existing web-based collaborative data visualization platform.

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Renowned NYU professor visits with Ma’ayanot STEAM team

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On Thursday, September 28, Ma’ayanot’s STEAM team welcomed Dr. Ari Ginsberg, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Management at NYU’s Stern School of Business and Academic Director of the Management of Technology Master of Science Program at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering. Dr. Ginsberg teaches courses on business strategy analysis, new enterprise development, corporate venturing and innovation and technology entrepreneurship. He will utilize his

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Summer programs train teachers in engineering and robotics

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Tandon’s Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program, also known as RET Site in Mechatronics and Robotics with Entrepreneurship and Industry Experiences, is a National Science Foundation-sponsored initiative that has been educating educators since 2003. With robotics becoming increasingly integral to STEM curricula, many teachers are seeking ways for both themselves and their students to learn about new opportunities within science, technology

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Teachers and students expand their robotics skills together in new K-12 STEM program

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Supported by the National Science Foundation as part of its commitment to preparing future generations for STEM-related careers and rapidly changing work environments, the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program at NYU Tandon centers on robotics and engineering design, as well as entrepreneurship, to help teachers develop their own technical skills and spearhead robotics curricula and after-school programs at

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Turning high school students into cyber sleuths

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A larger program at the Tandon school is called STEMNow, which this summer is bringing more than 700 middle- and high-school students and 130 teachers to the Downtown Brooklyn campus for deep dives into the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and math). STEMNow puts a particular emphasis on diversity and providing hands-on research and experimentation for students whose regular schools may lack those opportunities.

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