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Teachers examine real-world data and “lifehacking” with CodeR4MATH

Six high school mathematics teachers from Massachusetts joined us last fall to pilot test a new curriculum module designed by the Computing with R for Mathematical Modeling (CodeR4MATH) project to facilitate the instruction of mathematical modeling and computational thinking. The CodeR4MATH team (from left to right): Kenia Wiedemann, Jie Chao, Ben Galluzzo, and Eric Simoneau. […]

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Research in Educational Technology in 2018

Water Filter

In 2018, we made an impact with 11 articles published in researcher and teacher practitioner journals that showcase the state of the field in STEM educational technology. Learn how automated scoring during formative assessment can diagnose and enhance students’ argumentation skills (#4), how modeling and simulation on a CAD platform can be used to teach […]

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Learn How to Solarize Your School

Find out how high school students can design and evaluate efficient and affordable solar power systems—even for their own school—in the November/December 2018 issue of The Science Teacher. Co-authored by Concord Consortium researchers Jie Chao, Charles Xie, and Corey Schimpf, with education consultants Joyce Massicotte and Jeff Lockwood, and Stoughton High School science teacher Craig Beaulieu, […]

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Earth as a giant water filter: Students learn to engineer clean water

Water Filter

An article in the October 2018 issue of Science and Children looks at groundwater and the natural processes of infiltration as a vital means for cleaning our water. Co-authored by Jonathon Kilpatrick (Greenwood Elementary School in Pennsylvania), Nanette Marcum-Dietrich and John Wallace (both of Millersville University of Pennsylvania), and Concord Consortium Senior Scientist Carolyn Staudt, […]

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Scott Cytacki: A software architect who champions open-source software development

Scott and Kids, Elf

Figure 1. Software architect Scott Cytacki with his three kids in their solar-powered ELF. You may not know Scott Cytacki by name but if you’ve used STEM Resource Finder curriculum materials or an InquirySpace investigation or a Model My Watershed activity, or any number of our educational resources, you can appreciate Scott’s deep commitment to […]

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California teacher shows students how to tell stories with data

Matthew D'Aalessio

Most teachers have a first-year-teaching story. Few have one like Matthew d’Alessio’s. His first teaching experience was at California’s notorious San Quentin State Prison, the largest prison in the country, where he taught math and geology in the Prison University Project, the only college program inside a California prison. “The students were among the most […]

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