Research Alliance Awarded New Grant from National Science Foundation to Study Integration of Computer Science into Elementary Science Classes

The Research Alliance for New York City Schools has been awarded nearly $2.5 million to support the Maker Partnership, a new collaboration with Schools That Can (STC) and MakerState (MS). The project is designed to build knowledge about how to help elementary teachers integrate computer science and computational thinking into their regular science classes using maker pedagogy. The maker approach is based on the engineering design process, with students brainstorming and developing solutions, using technology to create prototypes, and then testing and refining those prototypes together.   

Beginning in the fall of 2018, the Maker Partnership will provide curriculum, extensive training and professional development (PD) to 3rd – 5th grade teachers in eight NYC elementary schools. Researchers will study and provide feedback on the implementation of the curriculum and PD and will explore outcomes for both teachers and students. The project is expected to generate valuable lessons about how to prepare elementary grade teachers to successfully incorporate computer science into their teaching. It will focus particularly on high-poverty schools that serve large numbers of Black and Latino students—students who historically have been underrepresented in computer science and STEM more broadly.                                                                       

The grant is part of the STEM + Computing (STEM+C) program of the National Science Foundation (NSF).  

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