Your help could further MMSA’s vision of a brighter STEM future for the State of Maine and the nation. Today, I ask you to support MMSA and become a part of the movement to support exciting new ways for our youth to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math.
Integrate-2-Innovate (i2i) is an exploratory research-to-practice partnership that is intended to:
- Create a shared vision of how school districts can successfully integrate computer science into the PreK-8 curriculum through effective professional development structures and meaningful collaborations with other school districts and MMSA.
- Establish a partnership among K-8 educators, representatives from computer science business in Maine, school administrators, and educational researchers to collaboratively explore supporting rural computer science learning progressions.
- Build a network of rural districts committed to integrating computer science into their K-8 curriculum and school culture.
i2i will focus on finding the key elements needed to support rural K-8 educators’ integration of CS into math and science instruction?
During this 18-month project (January 2019 – June 2020) we will not create any new curricula or units. Instead we will explore where the potential entry points are for computer science that already exist in current learning standards and curricula, and what types of high-quality options are already available that could be integrated into existing curricula. The outcomes of this project will lead to clearly defined professional development support structures for computer science that will work for your districts and others across the State of Maine.
Which school districts are participating?
- RSU 4 MSAD 44 Bethel
- AOS 91 Mt. Desert Island
- AOS 94 Dexter School District
Throughout the life of this project, the interest in integration of Computer Science has only increased. With an added emphasis on integration in state and national conversations, the i2i participants are on the cutting edge of important work that will only enrich this growing field. Participants are working together to synthesize their research and co-design learning opportunities for our upcoming CS Integration Spring Symposium that will highlight their work as well as the work of many other groups from throughout the state.
i2i officially kicked off on Tuesday, March 12th at the University of Maine at Augusta’s Fireside Lounge. Participants spent the day wrestling with the tricky business of defining computer science and what it looks like in their school districts. Co-PI, Pam Buffington, led participants through an example CS module where they tried their hand at coding as a means for learning math. If we measured success by engagement, this activity was a huge success. Teachers and administrators were reluctant to give up on their projects and move on with the day – a great model of how engaging CS and Math can be.
This project is funded by the CS4All program at the National Science Foundation, grant #1837262. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.