Please tell us more about how your partnership was formed and how it functions. What specific role does each partner play? What unique resources does each partner bring to the initiative?
Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy - a not for profit whose mission is to us the motivational effects of robotics to excite students about mathematics and science. The Robotics Academy conducts research around using robotics in informal and formal education to teach computer science and STEM education. Robotics Academy leadership has won 3 NSF awards, several DoD contracts, and had developed partnerships with for-profit and not-for-profit organizations that allow it to maintain its outreach.
LEGO, Innovation First, Robomatter, and others are resellers of our curriculum, software, and services.
DARPA - the initial funder of the Computer Science Social Network - DARPA has committed over 4M to this project. DARPA is interested in the project because they are looking out 5 years and predict that we will only be able to fill 30% of the computer science related jobs nationally. DARPA selected the Robotics Academy because we have a demonstrated the ability to put together a sustainability model.
The Computer Science Social Network - a place that we are developing where students of all ages can go to learn about computer science. CS2N will incubate at CMU but according to CMU legal and sponsored research when the funding runs out will need to be taken over by another organization. I am seeking partners that are interested in both growing and eventually owning the CS2N
How are you building in accountability for students' successful STEM learning outcomes? Please provide a summary and examples.
We conduct collaborative research with the University of Pittsburgh's Learning Research and Development Center that allows us to measure the impact our curricula and professional development services have.
I am able to send examples of the instruments that we use and papers that we have written if requested.
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Investment and Human Resources/Talent - In an earlier question I wrote "you have to do business to stay in business". Our business model has us post our resources online at no charge allowing teachers to review the materials and either use the materials or purchase the materials; we also charge teachers for training. We work in an exponentially changing landscape; the educational technology changes and so do the development environments (HTML, Flash, Ruby, Rails, Cognitive Tutor, Unity, etc.) Our DARPA supported model has us making the materials for free to informal education (like the Robot Virtual Worlds) and selling into formal education. We will only be able to continue to make things available to informal education if we find support. Talented human resources allow us to do our work.
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Marketing - Foundations are connected to people and ideas. If nothing else, I hope that the people that review this project will find ways to share our Computer Science Social Network with other organizations that work with children; our goal is to have over one million students per year active participants in our network.
Innovation and ideas - We are looking for partners to work with in the CS2N. We have seen in our own acitivities that we maintain approximately 40% female participation at the middle school level is CS activities, but that drops down to around 10% at the high school level. We need engaging opportunities to keep all children involved with activities that develop algorithmic thinking.