MMSA’s Exploring Computer Science (ECS) project launched into its second year with 21 teachers participating in an exciting and fun summer institute on the Bangor campus of the University of Maine at Augusta. This second cohort of the NSF-funded ECS project will continue to expand access to quality computer science instruction for Maine students.
Two facilitators from Massachusetts and two Cohort 1 teacher leaders directed the institute held at the University of Maine at Augusta’s Eastport Hall in Bangor. Lisa Marchi and Tom Keller from MMSA also attended the institute. Participants were led through five days of content and pedagogy professional development using the ECS curriculum that was developed through funding of the National Science Foundation.
Exploring Computer Science is a six-unit, year-long curriculum that MMSA has expanded through the addition of five lessons that incorporate computer science concepts being used in Maine businesses. These Maine workplace examples are designed to help students recognize that computer science jobs are being done locally and are quite varied in their offerings.