2016 Computer Science Professional Development Program

The National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center (NICERC), the academic division of the Cyber Innovation Center, in partnership with and hosted by the University of Central Arkansas will be holding a state-wide, 2-day STEM and Cyber professional development workshop for middle school teachers in the state of Arkansas. This framework for this professional development will be NICERC’s STEM: Explore, Discover, Apply (STEM EDA) curricula.

STEM: Explore, Discover, Apply (STEM EDA) is a three course elective sequence for middle school grades 6-8. In STEM EDA, students are engaged in computer science, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through a series of hands-on projects. This approach allows students to not only improve their problem-solving and critical thinking skills but also develop invaluable competencies in leadership, team-building, creativity, and communication.

Students begin by exploring STEM concepts, then transition to discovering fundamental concepts, followed by the application of the concepts. At each of these three stages within a module, Cyber concepts are introduced and infused. Throughout the entire STEM EDA curricula, the Engineering Design Process guides the students through the design and implementation of the projects and concepts. Additionally, liberal arts disciplines are utilized to provide meaning and depth to the content and context of the modules.

Dates for State-Wide Training:
 July 11-12, 2016

Times: 8:00am – 3:30pm (hour lunch)

Who: Middle School Teachers (Grades: 6-8)

Number of Teachers Trained: 90

Location: University of Central Arkansas,

Math, Computer Science, Technology Building (MCST), Room 331

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Additional dates for regional training will follow.