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A model for thinking about scientific experimentation: An InquirySpace framework

How do students learn to think like scientists so they can uncover the natural world’s secrets? Scientific experimentation allows students to discover some of nature’s secrets. However, it is not simply about collecting data through the use of various apparatus, whether it’s a conventional microscope or advanced computer technologies. Scientific experimentation requires students to engage […]

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Paper Mechatronics workshops use technology and tinkering to learn machine design

Design thinking and engineering design is often taught as a linear, structured approach, but with Paper Mechatronics, tinkering is key. During two different July workshops a group of teachers and some young girls explored a more creative approach to learning design: blending crafts with electronics, coding, and mechanisms. Infosys Foundation USA Pathfinders Summer Institute 2018 […]

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Using SmartIR in Science Experiments

SmartIR is a smartphone app that I am developing to support infrared (IR) thermal imaging applications, primarily in the field of science and engineering, based on the FLIR ONE SDK. The development officially kicked off in July 2018. By the end of the month, a rudimentary version, to which I assigned V 0.0.1 (representing approximately 1% of the work that needs to be done for a mature release), has been completed.

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Model My Watershed master teacher workshop wades into professional development

Everyone lives in a watershed, regardless of whether you reside where it’s hot and dry or wet and rainy. As the U.S. Geological Survey says, if you’re standing on land, look down, you’re in a watershed. The 23 teachers, staff developers, and center directors who met this summer at the Concord Consortium offices in Massachusetts […]

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Critical questions about pre-college data science education at international statistics conference

Fifty statistics educators from ten countries gathered on July 10, 2018, in Kyoto, Japan, at the International Conference On Teaching Statistics (ICOTS) for the inaugural data science education Special Interest Group (SIG) organized by Tim Erickson of EEPS Media and William Finzer of the Concord Consortium. The large group included university professors, software developers, curriculum […]

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