Thanks to a grant from General Motors, Bootstrap (a K-12 CS curriculum used worldwide that's directed by Kathi Fisler, Shriram Krishnamurthi, and Emmanuel Schanzer of Brown CS) has begun training dozens of educators to teach the new Bootstrap:Data Science module. Working with longtime regional partners WeTeach_CS and the University of Texas, Bootstrap will deliver four-day workshops from July of 2018 to June of 2020 for teachers in the Austin Independent School District.
After being trained, the educators will be able to deliver the new module, which gives students the opportunity to form their own questions about the world around them, analyze data using multiple methods, and write a research paper about their findings. Topics covered include functions, looping and iteration, data visualization, linear regression, and more. Social studies, science, and business teachers can utilize the module to help students make inferences from data, math teachers can use it to introduce foundational concepts in statistics, and it's aligned to the Data standards in CS Principles.
In addition to funding the workshop and classroom materials for teachers and students alike, GM's support will allow Bootstrap to study the implementation of the module alongside their external evaluator in order to iterate and improve in subsequent years.
For more information, click the link that follows to contact Brown CS Communication Outreach Specialist Jesse C. Polhemus.