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The EdLab Group is a dynamic organization dedicated to educational innovation, developing and implementing programs and projects that create meaningful and widespread impact. We deliver programs statewide, regionally, nationally and internationally. Our staff have expertise in managing and scaling up large projects that include professional development for educators, informal educational experiences for youth, and exemplary practice dissemination for practitioners.
Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek), December 9-15, provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the impact of computing, the richness of computing careers, and the critical need for computer science (CS) education. CSEdWeek is a call to action to inspire students and colleagues about CS education, to employ new and better strategies for engagement, and to connect with the broader community about the need for and value of CS education. This year, CSEdWeek has teamed with Code.org to offer the Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify "code" and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, an innovator. Check out a variety of self-guided tutorials that anybody can do, on a browser, tablet, or smartphone. The website also features unplugged tutorials for classrooms without computers. No experience needed.
Over 140 individuals came together on Wednesday Dec 4, 2013 on the Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA for the PNWGCP Conference, “Exploring Collaborations: Successful Strategies for Increasing Equity and Access to STEM.”
The day started with an energetic welcoming keynote from Jenny Lay-Flurrie, Senior Director of Accessibility, Customer Partner Advocacy at Microsoft. It was followed by The Girl Perspective Panel, where seven local high school girls spoke not only on the importance of STEM role models but also on the need to increase efforts to counteract the stereotypes about girls in STEM still found in today’s high schools. The morning included opportunities for speed networking as well as a Girls and Gaming in Today’s World panel featuring key thought leaders in how game design can support girls’ aspirations for STEM career pathways. The afternoon was filled with deep discussions and thoughtful conversations as participants attended afternoon breakout sessions, which included roundtable discussions facilitated by researchers from the 2013 Afterschool Matters Fellowship, working sessions with leaders from Northeastern University's G.A.M.E.S. Initiative and a panel discussion, Strategies for Engaging Diverse Girls.
The event was hosted by the National Girls Collaborative Project and the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project, in partnership with Microsoft, the Institute for System Biology, the 2013 Afterschool Matters Fellowship program, and the Northeastern University's G.A.M.E.S. Initiative.
In an effort to ensure the most accurate measurement and mapping of state mobile broadband networks, EdLab Group's State Broadband Initiatives (known as LinkIDAHO and LinkWYOMING) are partnering with Mobile Pulse to provide an app that allows us to collect and analyze mobile broadband performance across the two states. The app is downloadable through the iTunes App Store and Google Play Store. It runs in the background and conducts performance tests periodically, sending the anonymous test results to a secure website. The assessment team will use the data, which validates the speed and connection capabilities of mobile broadband providers, to help state leaders and other key stakeholders in Idaho and Wyoming better understand, identify and compare performance across our state.
From programming lessons to building robot structures, and team building activities to lunch with female role models, the Project Splash camp held July 8-12, 2013 in Seattle, WA was a busy five days!
Sixteen high school girls from the greater Seattle area and two from Idaho attended a five-day course called "Project Splash: Girls Designing Robots for a Better World". Hosted by the UW Summer Youth Program and taught by instructors with the Pacific Northwest Girls Collaborative Project, this camp is part of a larger national initiative designed to encourage girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using the WaterBotics curriculum.
Working in teams of four, girls built four underwater LEGO robots and completed various missions, including building a remotely operated robot that could descend to the bottom of the pool and collect objects. The girls also visited a nearby university lab which builds underwater robots for remote ocean exploration. They also had lunch with seven role models--graduate-level women in various science departments throughout the university.
After completing four missions and a series of learning activities that explored the engineering design process, the girls prepared for a final showcase for parents and friends at the end of the week. They demonstrated their engineering accomplishments and shared lessons learned about team work and communication. When a group of elementary school-aged campers came to visit, the girls excelled with their new found confidence and expertise and taught the younger visitors about the technology behind their robots and how to drive them in the pool.