Infosys Foundation USA | August 18, 2021
Infosys Foundation USA, a nonprofit dedicated to increasing access to computer science (CS) and maker education across the U.S., announced today that it is adding four additional computer science modules for K-12 teachers to its digital learning platform, the Pathfinders Online Institute. Educators can now choose from over 30 unique courses and trainings geared to meet different skill-levels, grades and programming interests. The new offerings are meant to help ease teachers back into the classroom and STEM computer science learning loss after a year of remote and hybrid instruction.
According to the 2020 State of CS Report, 28 states recently passed new laws to promote computer science education but not all mandated funding for professional development for teachers. Additionally, a recent study by the Kapor Center that surveyed over 3,500 PreK-12 CS teachers found that over a quarter of respondents felt limited by their own subject matter expertise and expressed a need for low-cost computer science professional development. The Pathfinders Online Institute addresses these challenges by providing educators with access to computer science curricula, innovative professional development and first-of-its-kind streamable K-5 lessons for educators with no computer science background at no cost.
"Teachers have overcome insurmountable instructional challenges over this past pandemic year," said Kate Maloney, Executive Director, Infosys Foundation USA. "As they return to the classroom and seek to capture their students' imaginations, the Foundation is providing creative resources. This will help them bring leading edge computer science and making curricula to their classroom, so their students are equipped with the fundamental digital literacy required to succeed in a tech-driven world."
Infosys Foundation USA is partnering with CS is Elementary, Raspberry Pi and BirdBrain Technologies to offer these innovative learning modules that will help educators enhance their computational fluency. The modules include:
Kode5 with CS is Elementary (Grades K-5): Kode5 consists of a baseline computer science program for any school: a set of five on-demand courses that provide 20+ hours per grade of computer science education. Virtual co-teachers provide the instruction, while classroom teachersmeven those without experience, training, budget or special facilities manage and support students' experience.
Programming Essentials in Scratch in partnership with Raspberry Pi (Grades 4-8): In this six-part course, educators will receive an introduction to block-based programming within the Scratch environment.
Python and Robotics with the Finch Robot in partnership with BirdBrain Technologies (Grades 6-12): In this course, educators will be introduced to physical computing and learn how to use the Finch Robot across a variety of computer science concepts. The first 100 U.S. public and charter school teachers to apply will also receive one free Finch Robot 2.0.
Design, Build and Code a Rover with Raspberry Pi (Grades 8-12): In this six-part course, educators will learn to build a physical project using the Raspberry Pi Pico microcontroller. The first 1,000 U.S. public and charter school teachers to apply will also receive a free Raspberry Pi Pico hardware kit.
"The Covid education crisis showed that we can teach K-5 computer science via distance learning if we keep students continuously engaged and provide expert virtual co-teachers," said John Pearce, Executive Director, CS is Elementary. "Kode5 courses are built upon this concept, enabling scalable baseline K-5 CS instruction for any child in any school, grade, classroom, or family."
"Robots are powerfully motivating CS learning tools that bring computer code to life, but they are most effectively used by teachers who are well-supported," said Tom Lauwers, Founder and CEO, BirdBrain Technologies LLC. "That is why we are so excited by this opportunity to offer educators a free course and robot with Infosys Foundation USA, to help teachers spark deep and joyful CS learning in their classrooms."
"Supporting computer science and maker educators is a critical part of our work," said Matt Richardson, Executive Director, Raspberry Pi Foundation North America. "We're delighted to collaborate with Infosys Foundation USA on these free courses and to help students use newly-acquired skills in order to solve problems that matter to them."
About Infosys Foundation USA
Infosys Foundation USA was established in 2015 with the mission of expanding computer science and maker education to K-12 students and teachers across the United States, with a specific focus on increasing access to underrepresented communities. The Foundation achieves impact through delivering professional development programs for teachers, partnering with leading nonprofits, and delivering innovative media campaigns that inspire everyone to be creators, not just consumers, of technology.
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USRA | March 22, 2022
On March 21st, the Universities Space Research Association (USRA) announced that it has joined forces with the U.S. Space Force and the Air Force Research Laboratory to support scientific and technical research at seven selected universities. The partnership is called the University Consortium Research Opportunity (UCRO) and illustrates the significant partnership that connects academic research and government organization.
"UCRO represents an incredibly unique opportunity for USRA to support the research efforts of an array of institutions, that will effectively advance the scientific and technical prowess of both USSF and AFRL. Importantly, these established partnerships will also engage a diverse group of students and postdoctoral fellows in research that contributes to an increased understanding and appreciation for STEM workforce opportunities within both agencies."
-Bernard Seery, Senior Vice President, USRA Technology Research and Development,
This workforce development program will leverage USRA’s proven record in STEM academics and administration.
"USRA's role administering UCRO will enable institutions to generate pertinent research critical to both USSF and AFRL. The research yielded will unquestionably support the mission of both agencies and will encourage interest in USSF and AFRL among the next generation of STEM professionals."
-Dr. Amanda Smith Hackler, USRA Director of Education
The principal investigators, their institutions, and proposals selected for this program include:
Dr.Michael Kinzel,University of Florida"Industrial-Aero Optimization for Agile Rocket Cargo Delivery"
Dr.Anthony Torres,Texas State University"Understanding the Effect of Vibration on the Crystallization of ZBLAN"
Dr.Anouck Girard,University of Michigan"Safe Learning in Space for Proximity and Rendezvous Operations"
Dr.Siamak Farhad, TheUniversity of Akron"On-Orbit and In-Situ Inspection and Repair of Spacecraft"
Dr. Marek Osiński,University of New Mexico"Designer Nanoparticles for Quantum Sensing of Location and Electric Field"
Dr.Brandon Jones, TheUniversity of Texas at Austin"Information Theoretic Detection and Tracking for Rapid IOD"
Dr.Miguel Velez-Reyes, TheUniversity of Texas at El Paso"Innovative Analysis of Spectra-Temporal Signatures Using Machine Learning for Ground-Based Remote Sensing of Unresolved Resident Space Objects"
Pearson | April 06, 2022
Northeastern University's Bouvé College of Health Sciences is teaming up with Pearson, the world's leading learning company, to deliver a set of advanced nursing degrees online, in formats that are heavily work- and practice-oriented. The programs connect learners with clinical teaching faculty, peers and real-world projects through a mix of specially designed anytime/anywhere asynchronous learning and two clinical intensives hosted on Northeastern's vibrant Boston campus.
The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degrees offer focus on an Advanced Practice Nursing Specialty. In the MSN, learners have three concentration options:
The Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) track, which advances training for a wide range of mental health services for adolescents, adults and geriatric populations
The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) path, to provide primary care services across the lifespan
The Adult Gerontology Primary (AGPCNP) track, which prepares learners for advanced practice roles in the care of adults over 18 years of age and geriatric patients in primary and preventive care (outpatient and community based) settings
The program meets the requirements for the student to take the national boards for certification as an Advanced Practice Nurse within their chosen specialty area of practice or study.
These advanced nursing programs are affordable as well as accessible. Students may choose to participate in the program on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students can complete the program in 24 months.
Northeastern University is known for experience-driven learning. The online nursing programs will include simulations, augmented reality (AR) and the option to pursue projects that are workplace-integrated; connected to real-world, on-the-job initiatives.
The new MSN program will launch in Fall 2022.
"Here at Bouvé, students are prepared for a career of professional excellence and leadership through advanced educational opportunities that differentiate them from their peers within the health sciences and health-related fields, The Master of Science in Nursing courses leverage innovative AR technology and our faculty expertise in simulation education to replicate real-world situations and challenges our nurse professionals would solve on a daily basis. Clinician-patient connection is critical to our experiential curriculum, and our students have myriad opportunities to apply what they learn to real-world settings."
-Carmen Sceppa, Dean of Bouvé College.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the demand for nurse practitioners is projected to grow 45 percent from 2019 to 2029, among the fastest-growing occupations. At the same time, the U.S. could see a shortage of up to 124,000 physicians by 2034, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.
"We are excited to partner with Pearson to help address the global shortage of nurses, Together we deliver distinctive experiential and job-relevant learning experiences that position graduates for successful, rewarding and vital careers."
-Deanna Raineri, Vice President and Senior Vice Chancellor at Northeastern University.
"We are honored to continue our commitment with Northeastern University, and also our commitment to learners everywhere, Our partnership dates back to 2007 and this is a next step in our continuing efforts to build a comprehensive and deep partnership with Northeastern to serve learners through world-class, flexible opportunities to pursue advanced degrees."
-Kees Bol, managing director, Pearson Online Learning Services.
Through this partnership, Pearson will provide comprehensive online program management (OPM) services including marketing, recruitment, student support and retention, and a 24/7/365 helpdesk. Pearson has worked with Northeastern University for the past 14 years, supporting a host of online learning programs from an online MBA program to online master's programs in Tax and Finance.
At Pearson, our purpose is simple: to add life to a lifetime of learning. We believe that every learning opportunity is a chance for a personal breakthrough. That's why our c.20,000 Pearson employees are committed to creating vibrant and enriching learning experiences designed for real-life impact. We are the world's leading learning company, serving customers in nearly 200 countries with digital content, assessments, qualifications, and data. For us, learning isn't just what we do.
About Northeastern University
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-powered lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus. Our locations—in Boston; the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; and Vancouver—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.