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AMTA Executive Officer, Research Scientist, Arizona State University, Consultant, REALSTEM Initiatives; First two Modeling Workshops: UC Davis (Leaders: Yost, Finkbeiner, Hengesbach); PhD Physics education Research, committee chair: David Hestenes; research interests-distributed cognition/whiteboard-mediated cognition, Modeling Implementation, motivation and engagement in Modeling classrooms.

100Kin10 Partners AMTA, STEMteachersNYC and AAPT Win $195,000 Grant

100Kin10 Partners AMTA, STEMteachersNYC and AAPT Win $195,000 Grant: Innovative Response to President Obama’s Computer Science for All Challenge

The American Modeling Teachers Association (AMTA) announced that the organization was selected, in partnership with lead organization STEMteachersNYC, and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), to receive a $195,000 grant from 100Kin10. The grant will fund their project to equip physical science teachers with the skills and curriculum needed to integrate computational thinking into their classrooms with leaders from the Bootstrap project. The award was one of a handful of grants awarded to expand the reach and quality of engineering and computer science education across New York State.

The project, entitled “Modeling Physics, Computational Thinking, & Bootstrap,” helps students understand basic physics concepts by incorporating computer programming as one of the key tools for building models of the physical world. Targeted to ninth grade, during which every student is expected to take science, this initiative is designed to spark students’ interest in subjects related to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) for the rest of their academic careers. This initiative also combats a root cause of inequality of opportunity in pursuing STEM careers: disparate access to quality teaching in middle and high school. Continue reading 100Kin10 Partners AMTA, STEMteachersNYC and AAPT Win $195,000 Grant