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Wednesday, August 1 • 3:45pm - 4:15pm
SciGirls CODE: Connected Learning for Middle School Girls in Out-of-School Time

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Funded by the National Science Foundation, SciGirls CODE is a pilot program that seeks to address this situation using the principles of connected learning, a learner-focused, equity driven approach that harnesses the advances and innovations of our connected age to serve learning, with 16 STEM outreach partners nationally to provide 160 girls and their 32 leaders with computational thinking and coding skills. Project implementation, between September 2017–May 2018, includes a 9-month curriculum with 3 strands (Mobile Apps, Robotics, E-Textiles); role model training for female technology professionals; professional development for science, technology engineering and math (STEM) educators; and a research component that investigates the ways computational learning experiences impact the development of computational thinking as well as interest and attitudes toward CS. SciGirls Code will serve as a model for supporting girls’ pursuit of CS in out-of-school time, and is collaboration between Twin Cities PBS (TPT), the National Girls Collaborative, and the University of Minnesota.

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Joan Freese

RTL Project Executive Producer, Twin Cities Public Television
Joan Freese is an Emmy Award winning educational technologist at Twin Cities PBS,in St. Paul, Minnesota, focusing on projects for K-8 students, parents, and educators.She is digital producer of SciGirls, a transmedia enterprise that encourages tween girlsin STEM, and principle investigator... Read More →
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Cassandra Scharber

Associate Professor of Learning Technologies, UMN

Wednesday August 1, 2018 3:45pm - 4:15pm EDT
MIT Tang Center, E51-149 - Classroom, Building E51 2 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA 02142