Case Study: New York City Charter School for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Industries (AECI)

Introduction: A Growing STEM Program

           New York City Charter High School for Architecture, Engineering, and Construction Industries (AECI), is a charter school located in the south Bronx. The school has approximately 125 students per grade level, with extremely high graduation rates at 96% while the borough-wide rate remains at 65%. AECI was recently named best Charter High School by the US News and World Report for the second straight year. As such a high performing school, the administration began to recognize a need for implementation of STEM curriculum. Assistant Principal Colin Healy discovered Edhesive last year while searching for online blended learning curriculum. After working with the Edhesive school partnership team,...
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Edhesive Collaborates with Amazon to Bring Computer Science to High School Students Nationwide

Program seeks to remedy shortage of skilled engineers, educate future tech workforce

(NEW YORK, April 2, 2018) — In response to the unmet demand for engineers, Edhesive, one of the leading STEM providers to US schools, is collaborating with Amazon to bring computer science education to tens of thousands of U.S. students for the 2018-2019 school year in a co-branded initiative. With nearly one million unfilled jobs in computer science today, this program will increase access and affordability for students who currently do not have access to CS education to prepare them for the future workforce.

“We want to remove barriers for students to learn CS at the most critical phases of their education and reward those who persist with early software engineering internships. This is...

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STEM Experiments to Try Over Spring Break

Spring break is the perfect time to experiment with STEM. Check out these seasonal experiments, and let us know which ones you tried at home!

 

Springtime Seed Hunt

Take advantage of the nice weather and head to your local park for a seed hunt! Be sure to bring collection jars and a plant identification guide from your neighborhood library.

Age Level: Any

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 30+ minutes

 

Cloud in a Jar

Is the rainy weather trapping you inside? Learn how April showers work by making this cloud in a jar.

Age Level: 3+

Difficulty: Easy

Time: 10 minutes

 

Egg Geode

Too cold for an egg hunt this year? Make these egg geodes instead! The 5 day wait is worth it for the final crystalized result.

Age Level: 5+ (with adult supervision)

Difficulty: Medium

Time: 1 hour prep, 5...

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Case Study: Clarke Central High School

Introduction: A Continuing Computer Science Program

 
          Clarke Central High School is a Title I public school located in Athens, GA. The high achieving student body consists of approximately 1,400 students, forming a dynamic mix of wealthier and socio-economically struggling community members.  Recognizing the rising need for incorporating computer science education at the high school level, CCHS first began to offer an AP Computer Science A course approximately seven years ago, utilizing an experienced teacher and a textbook. When the teacher retired two years ago, the administration wanted to continue the program, but lacked a seasoned computer science teacher. Engineering, physics, and robotics teacher Scott Swain stepped up to teach the...
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5 Reasons to Learn Java

Java is a general-purpose language designed by its founders to be “simple, object-oriented, and familiar” while executing with “high-performance”. Java is the #1 most popular programming language in use today according to the TIOBE index for March 2018, and has pretty consistently maintained that rating for the past several years. Still wondering if Java is worth studying? Check out these 5 reasons to learn Java.

Easy to Learn

Since Java’s syntax mimics English, it can be learned in a short period of time. The language’s high-performance design handles the more complex aspects of the computer so the user can focus on programming. On top of this, Java must be checked for errors consistently during the process of programming, making the cultivation of a...

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Case Study: Andrew Lewis Middle School

Introduction: An Expanding Computer Science Program

           Andrew Lewis Middle School, the 6th through 8th grade chapter of Salem City Schools, is located in Salem, Virginia.  Two years ago, Assistant Superintendent Curtis Hicks was searching for an AP Computer Science course that could be offered in an online, blended learning environment. When Virginia became the first state to require computer science credit for high school graduation in 2016, incorporation of computer science curriculum became vital. The district reached out to the Edhesive school partnership team,   working to incorporate both our AP Computer Science A and Introduction to Computer Science courses.  
           The administration...
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Course Feature: Explorations in Coding

Explorations in Coding is a great starting point for schools starting up a new computer science program, or seeking to enrich an existing CS program or course.

Watch the video below to learn how computer science affects today's world.

 

 

About Explorations in Coding

Duration

Full Year or Semester Long options

Course Level

Beginner

Student Prerequisites

No prior computer science knowledge or experience is necessary. 

Teacher Background

No prior computer science knowledge or experience is necessary.

Course Description

Specifically designed for middle school classrooms, this blended online course covers foundational concepts and skills of computer science. The course is designed to be fun, engaging, relevant, collaborative, and creative - and help demonstrate that...
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Case Study: Shasta Charter Academy

Introduction: An Expanding Computer Science Course

           
           Shasta Charter Academy is a personalized learning based charter school located in Redding, CA. When the school was formed in 1999, it consisted of just one teacher and one secretary. Today, the academy hosts over 250 students in a brand new facility. Information Technology teacher Noel Van Slyke was the third employee hired in the year 2000, offering a computer applications course that included instruction in Word Processing, Excel, PowerPoint, computer science history, and computer deconstruction.  Last year, Van Slyke realized that programming was becoming an essential aspect of computer science instruction and began to seek an...
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Case Study: Tupelo Middle School

Introduction: A Growing STEM Program

            Tupelo Middle School, located in Tupelo, Mississippi, hosts a student population of over 1,000. In the spring of 2015, TMS was offering Information and Communications Technology II instructional content, but Dr. Kristy Luse, who was principal at the time, wished to expand STEM curriculum offerings further. Though she pitched her idea to district administration and representatives from the Mississippi State Department of Education (MDE), the district felt the timing wasn’t right.  By spring of 2017, Dr. Luse reformulated her idea, pitching it as a district-level employee this time.“I’ve always believed students required early exposure to various career fields, mainly in the STEM...

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Course Feature: AP Computer Science Principles

AP Computer Science Principles is a complete, full-year course developed in partnership with the University of Texas at Austin’s UTeach Institute that focuses on the 7 “Big Ideas” in computer science using project-based approaches.

Check out the College Board's AP CSP video below, interviewing students across the country who are involved in the course.

 

 

About AP Computer Science Principles

Duration

Full Year

Student Prerequisites

No prior computer science knowledge or experience is necessary.

Teacher Background

All experience levels. No prior computer science knowledge or experience is necessary.

Course Description

The course introduces students to the creative aspects of programming, abstractions, algorithms, large data sets, the Internet,...

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