Program Bringing Computer Science into Every Classroom
An initiative of Microsoft Philanthropies, TEALS (Technology Education and Literacy in Schools) helps high schools throughout the United States and in British Columbia, Canada, build and grow sustainable computer science programs. TEALS pairs trained computer science professionals from across the technology industry with classroom teachers to team-teach computer science. TEALS works with a variety of schools (rural, urban, suburban) and teachers around the nation, offering multiple levels of engagement. In the standard engagement Co-Teaching Model, a team of two to four volunteers partners with a classroom teacher to deliver Intro or AP Computer Science in the classroom. A typical class features 15 minutes of lecture and discussion, and 35 minutes of activities and lab work. In the Lab Support Model, one or two volunteers provide support as lab teaching assistants, working one-on-one with students and assisting the teacher with class preparation and grading, but not taking responsibility for planning and delivering lessons. In the Classroom Enrichment Model, TEALS provides a volunteer to assist a classroom teacher in person, via phone, or via online consultation. The volunteer’s responsibilities range from assisting with labs and assignments to consulting visits with the teacher or in-class guest lectures on occasion. In addition, the school and teacher are encouraged to participate in the TEALS community through meet-ups, events, and an online community forum. In areas where there are no software engineers to provide TEALS support, teleconferencing brings volunteers to these underserved schools.
The Smithsonian Science for the Classroom program is setting the standard for 3D learning and 3D assessment. Developed by the Smithsonian Science Education Center, this new integrated STEM curriculum is designed to engage students in phenomenon-based learning through coherent storylines and connect them firsthand to the world around them.
ASM Teacher Materials Camp is a weeklong, idea-generating workshop introducing teachers to methods that will make core math and science principles more enticing and relevant to their middle school and high school students. The materials topics are motivators in any engineering, technology, or science course as students complete projects of personal worth to them.
The Captain Planet Foundation awards ecoSolution Grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 to support youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes. Activities must be solution-oriented, project-based, and performed by youth.