Predicting College Enrollment from Student Interaction with an Intelligent Tutoring System in Middle School

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Research shows that middle school is an important juncture for a student where he or she starts to be conscious about academic achievement and thinks about college attendance. It is already known that access to financial resources, family background, career aspirations and academic ability are indicative of a student’s choice to attend college; though these variables are interesting, they do not necessarily give sufficient actionable information to instructors or guidance counselors to intervene for individual students. However, increasing numbers of students are using educational software at

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Towards an Understanding of Affect and Knowledge from Student Interaction with an Intelligent Tutoring System

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Csikszentmihalyi’s Flow theory states that a balance between challenge and skill leads to high engagement, overwhelming challenge leads to anxiety or frustration, and insufficient challenge leads to boredom. In this paper, we test this theory within the context of student interaction with an intelligent tutoring system. Automated detectors of student affect and knowledge were developed, validated, and applied to a large data set. The results did not match Flow theory: boredom was more common for poorly -known material, and frustration was common both for very difficult material and very easy

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Marine sanctuary hosts underwater robot event

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The 13th annual Marine Advanced Technology Education Remotely Operated Vehicle International Competition takes place Thursday through Saturday. Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary will host more than 60 teams this week from 18 states and 13 countries for an underwater robot competition hosted by ITEST project Using MATE's ROV Competitions...Teams will work with their robots in a large tank and judges will be evaluating their performance along

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NSF pumps $1 million into NY schools sustainable energy pilot program

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The National Science Foundation has awarded $1.08 million to Solar One, a non-profit based in New York City that promotes green energy in education, and MOUSE, a national, non-profit organization that works with underserved youth to promote the use and study of technology, for implementation of the ITEST project, GreenTECH, that will be put into place in the school system.

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Program teaches girls engineering via apparel design

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Smart Clothing, Smart Girls: Engineering via Apparel Design is a weeklong course designed and hosted by faculty, staff and students in Cornell’s Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design (FSAD) with collaborators at the University of Minnesota. As part of this ITEST project, girls, from 4-H programs in Livingston, Ontario and Wyoming counties and the Syracuse chapter of Girls Inc., participate in four modules: advanced materials, wearable

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Lab school brings manufacturing technologies to middle-school classrooms

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Based on the promising results of ITEST project The FabLab, the Commonwealth of Virginia provided seed funding to design a laboratory school for advanced manufacturing. Buford Engineering Design Academy, a laboratory school for advanced manufacturing has recently launched. In conjunction with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sept. 30, National Science Foundation (NSF) leaders, UVa faculty and UVa and Buford students toured the site and saw the school

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Back to the land

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ITEST project Seeding the Future is featured in this WCVB5 segment on its program that teaches high school youth how urban farming methods that utilize hydroponic technology.

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Boston teens grow green

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As part of Boston College’s Lynch School of Education College Bound program, ITEST project Seeding the Future helps prepare high school students from Brighton High School, West Roxbury Academy and the Urban Science Academy in West Roxbury for college and beyond. Under the guidance of Mike Barnett, associate professor of Science Education and Technology at the Lynch School, an important focus of the program is to instill a love of science among

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