Altium. | August 19, 2022
Altium LLC, the leading printed circuit board (PCB) design software company, is partnering with the IPC Education Foundation (IPCEF) and Arduino to launch the second annual student electronics design challenge. This competition aims to engage, educate, and enhance PCB design capabilities while developing STEM solutions to environmental challenges. The electronics design challenge is an excellent opportunity for students to showcase their talents and gain real-world experience.
The Innovation for Environmental Change 2022 International Student Design Competition (#PCBeTheChange) engages student teams to help address common environmental concerns using Altium’s educational tools with Arduino hardware.
Over 17 countries submitted entries to last year's competition, which addressed various local environmental issues, including city traffic, shoreline erosion, bushfire detection, honey bee endangerment, and more. Teams will use Altium Upverter Modular PCB design software and the Arduino Portenta H7 to create prototype designs that will improve the environment in each team's respective local area. The teams will be challenged to tackle one or more environmental concerns, such as air pollution, water quality, and solar energy capture. As Yu Hu, head of Arduino Education, elaborates, “At Arduino, we believe that it is very crucial to empower the scientists and engineers of the future to address the common challenges of our time by using technology for the benefit of many. Last year’s entries showed an amazing combination of ingenuity, curiosity, and technical skills in their designs, and we’re excited to see what new and innovative STEM solutions the teams will submit this year.” Participating teams will enter the design challenge while harnessing Altium Upverter Education and the Upverter Modular tool. Altium features multiple educational initiatives designed to support high school STEM teachers and students, along with programs to support college students and industry professionals.
“It was fascinating to see 87 teams from around the world participate, leveraging the printed circuit board design knowledge they had learned from Altium’s Upverter Education, to address important environmental issues. We are excited to see more unique designs from this year’s contestants and are honored to again have the opportunity to provide the curriculum and tools students need for the contest.
Rea Callender, vice president of education at Altium.
Winning teams will be eligible to win cash prizes for each category: high school and college: $1500 (1st prize), $750 (2nd prize) and $500 (3rd prize), free access to IPC APEX EXPO in San Diego, California from January 24-26, 2023. Designs will be displayed at the IPC Design Booth; awards will be presented at the IPC APEX EXPO STEM Outreach Event. Charlene Gunter, senior director of IPCEF shares, “We believe that opportunities and experiences like this will allow students to gain awareness and access to the electronics manufacturing industry and in turn help them reach their career goals. This collaboration with Altium, Upverter Education, and Arduino showcases our mutual goals of engaging and educating students in PCB design, and we look forward to seeing the creativity and solutions the teams will create this year.”Open registration for the design challenge is available now via Upverter Education and runs through Monday, October 3. Teams must submit their designs online by Friday, November 18. Competition winners will be announced on Wednesday, December 14, followed by virtual presentations for the first place and runner-up entrants.
Altium, LLC (ASX:ALU) is a global software company headquartered in San Diego, California, accelerating the pace of innovation through electronics. For over 30 years, Altium has been delivering software that maximizes the productivity of PCB designers and electrical engineers. From individual inventors to multinational corporations, more PCB designers and engineers choose Altium software to design and realize electronics-based products.
About Upverter Education
Upverter Education, launched by Altium in September 2020, is addressing an important societal need by empowering STEM educators teaching engineering, electronics design, and robotics with free essential tools and classroom resources. The program has been honored with multiple awards, including the EdTech Breakthrough Award, for Best Engineering Learning Solution and the Gold STEVIE® American Business Award, further validating Altium’s innovative approach to supporting STEM education.
About IPC Education Foundation (IPCEF)
The IPC Education Foundation creates awareness of the careers the electronics manufacturing industry has to offer students in high school and college by providing them with opportunities to access people, courses, and knowledge through key programs: 1) The IPC Student Chapter program provides scholarships, industry-standard education, industry connections, and access to hands-on competitions, especially with the support of industry experts and professionals; 2) IPC Video Subscription Libraries provide access to industry-relevant content to students in high school and college, and 3) a variety of engagement initiatives like in-person/virtual events, webinars, and classroom activities.
Arduino is the leading open-source hardware and software company in the world. Born to provide an easy-to-use platform for anyone making interactive projects, Arduino has reached a growing community and adapted to new needs and challenges, branching out into products for IoT, wearables, 3D printing, and embedded environments. As of today, the Arduino community included approximately 30 million active users.
WestEd | September 08, 2022
WestEd, a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency, along with co-principal investigators from Age of Learning®, the leading education technology innovator and creator of the ABCmouse® online learning program, today announced that WestEd was awarded a research grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) to evaluate the effectiveness of My Math Academy, Age of Learning’s adaptive math mastery program. The study is part of an IES initiative that funds research to explore, develop, evaluate, and measure instructional strategies and materials for improving students’ STEM learning. It represents the largest, most comprehensive independent study of My Math Academy to date. The IES grant to study My Math Academy is one of only a few issued by IES to researchers evaluating learning programs developed by private education technology companies. This grant will support further collaboration between WestEd and Age of Learning and will extend previous studies in 2017 and 2019, which found that My Math Academy accelerated children’s mathematics skills and fostered greater engagement in their math learning.
“This is a critical moment in education as school leaders and teachers seek solutions that help young learners build their mathematics skills in the early grades and continue to recoup learning loss from the pandemic,This grant provides a unique opportunity to conduct a large-scale, rigorous design study of My Math Academy in elementary schools that will gather efficacy data on the program, giving educators increased knowledge of how students learn, how teachers can advance that learning, and the available programs that can accelerate this development.”
Steve Schneider, WestEd Senior Director of STEM Research and Entrepreneurship.
“We take a research-driven approach to developing our programs and have already amassed a significant body of evidence showing the effectiveness of My Math Academy in improving learning outcomes while fostering a love for math learning,” said Sunil Gunderia, Chief Innovation Officer at Age of Learning. “Across the country, school district leaders are prioritizing the need for solutions that improve student learning outcomes in math while equipping students and teachers alike with tools that are fun, dynamic, personalized, and effective, and this study with WestEd will give us a greater opportunity to show that My Math Academy is delivering significant learning gains for all students.” The new study is an opportunity to further examine the efficacy of My Math Academy at a larger scale, with leading researchers analyzing and measuring data from kindergarten and first-grade classrooms across dozens of districts using the program over two school years. Classrooms will be randomly assigned into “treatment” and “control” groups so researchers can adequately measure the use of My Math Academy programs and educator-supporting materials under routine school conditions. Researchers will also be able to understand the effect of having students use My Math Academy for more than one school year, and a final report is expected in spring 2026. My Math Academy has already been successfully implemented by school districts across the country. It meets the highest level of evidence standards under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), Tier 1, Strong Evidence, as well as all ESSER and Title I funding requirements. Earlier studies have found that My Math Academy improved learning outcomes in kindergarten and first-grade mathematics. One recently published study found that 98 percent of pre-K students in a Title I District who used My Math Academy reached the highest benchmark in math.
WestEd is a nonpartisan, nonprofit agency that provides a range of services—research and evaluation, professional learning, technical assistance, and policy guidance—for education and other communities. Working to promote success for every learner is WestEd’s main goal, and a steadfast commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion is central to that work. To learn more, visit WestEd.org and subscribe to the agency’s E-Bulletin to receive updates about professional development, award-winning research, career opportunities, and more.
About Age of Learning
Age of Learning® is the leading education technology innovator, creating engaging and effective learning resources to help children build a strong foundation for academic success and a lifelong love of learning. Based in Los Angeles, the company is Bringing Learning to Life® by blending educational expertise, innovative technology, and insightful creativity. Age of Learning’s flagship product, ABCmouse.com® Early Learning Academy, is a comprehensive curriculum for children ages 2 to 8. In 2019, the company launched Adventure Academy™, the first AAA educational massively multiplayer online game (MMO), serving elementary- and middle-school-age children with thousands of Learning Activities in a fun and safe virtual world. In 2020, Age of Learning released My Math Academy® for schools, an adaptive, personalized program that helps students master foundational math concepts. My Reading Academy™, launched in 2022, helps young learners master reading and build a foundation for reading comprehension and fluency by featuring digital books, activities, and videos. The company is expanding globally, beginning with its English language learning program ABCmouse English.
Imagine Learning | August 24, 2022
Imagine Learning, the largest provider of digital curriculum solutions in the U.S. serving 15 million students in more than half the school districts nationwide, today announced the launch of Imagine Learning Classroom, the new digital application powering its core English Language Arts and Mathematics solutions. Imagine Learning Classroom (formerly LearnZillion) enhances the high-quality curricula of Imagine Learning Illustrative Mathematics, Imagine Learning EL Education, Imagine Learning Odell Education, and Imagine Learning Guidebooks. These comprehensive programs offer the most accessible, teachable, and engaging core curricula for K-12 students available anywhere today.
"Our goal is to deliver compelling, high-quality curricula in a teachable way to support educators and spark learning breakthroughs, Core Curriculum for Imagine Learning. "With Imagine Learning Classroom, we've developed a cohesive, immersive classroom environment to empower teachers and ensure student success."
Terry Gilligan, Senior Vice President & General Manager
As pioneers in digital instruction, Imagine Learning continually refines its core products and services to meet the needs of all students and educators. These solutions give educators continuous, clear insights into their students' learning, and supports them to maximize their potential. In addition, ongoing pedagogical research measures effectiveness in classrooms around the country to advance learning for all students. Imagine Learning Classroom puts the teacher and student at the center of learning for more positive outcomes. The dynamic software creates inspiring instructional experiences, providing students with opportunities to own their own learning, express choice in content, and showcase their voice in assignments, building essential skills to set students up for success.
Imagine Learning Classroom:
Offers a turnkey solution that saves teachers time in planning and instruction
Incorporates features and functionality that support and honor each curricula's instructional design
Empowers teachers with tools to personalize and customize instruction to their unique needs
Engages students with rich media, including videos, digital interactivities, virtual manipulatives, and more
Enables the implementation of quality curricula in all learning environments
Refreshed student and teacher experiences, including a unique experience for primary students
Imagine Learning Classroom offers the following premier ELA and Mathematics programs for grades K-12:
Imagine Learning Illustrative Mathematics is a complete K-12 IM-Certified mathematics curriculum that delivers a digital-first classroom experience, enabling teachers to create a student-centered, cohesive learning environment, based on research and driven by data that fully leverages the impact of high-quality curricula.
Imagine Learning EL Education is a content-based K-8 literacy curriculum utilizing compelling real-world texts that engage and excite learners in grades K-8. Informed by the Science of Reading, the program allows students to focus on mastery of knowledge and skills and demonstrate high-quality work while building habits of character.
Imagine Learning Odell Education is an innovative knowledge-based literacy program for grades 9-12 dedicated to fostering creativity and critical thinking. The program emphasizes learning through inquiry and empowers teachers to configure the course content by providing a variety of text collections and topics.
Imagine Learning Guidebooks is a comprehensive English Language Arts solution that immerses grade 3-12 students in reading and writing lessons across genres. Students create a web of meaning critical to the development of reading and writing skills, and build understanding through text sets, compelling questions, and integrated reading and writing activities.
About Imagine Learning
Imagine Learning is a PreK–12 digital learning solutions company that ignites learning breakthroughs by designing forward-thinking solutions at the intersection of people, curricula, and technology to drive student growth. Imagine Learning serves more than 15 million students and partners with more than half the school districts nationwide. Imagine Learning's flagship products include Imagine Edgenuity®, online courseware and virtual school services solutions; supplemental and intervention solutions for literacy, language, mathematics, robotics, and coding; and high-quality, digital-first core curriculum, including Illustrative Mathematics®, EL Education®, and Odell Education®—all on the Imagine Learning Classroom—and Twig Science®. Read more about Imagine Learning's digital solutions at imaginelearning.com.
Connect for Education, Inc. (C4E) | October 06, 2022
Connect for Education, Inc. (C4E), a leading provider of online learning technologies, is proud to announce its partnership with American River College, Sacramento, CA (ARC) that will provide students with a curriculum path to obtain an Associate in Arts in Music for Transfer degree (AA-T) that will transfer to any state university and admit them as a Junior. This new partnership provides students the opportunity to take some or all of their courses through C4E's digital platforms. The courses include four semesters of Music Theory and Musicianship (I-IV), Applied Music (including one-on-one mentor sessions), and Performance Ensembles. By completing this set of 21 - 24 music units, along with 36 – 39 additional units of general electives, students will earn a total of 60 credit hours that will automatically transfer to their new state institution.
"The program is unique in that it offers unparalleled flexibility for students in how they choose to take their courses. This platform is the ultimate implementation of 20+ years' worth of instructional design and development experience. The Music Theory and ear training courses have been meticulously designed to provide a solid foundation for music students. The Applied Music courses come complete with four semesters of specialized curricula for a variety of instruments and voice. Students can record themselves for peer review and take synchronous lessons with a well-qualified, seasoned instructor. It even includes a jury component whereby performances are judged by a panel at the end of the semester. The Ensemble Course provides collaboration opportunities for instrumentalists and vocalists that otherwise might not be available to them and all at a low cost per-student with equitable access for everyone."
Dr. Carlos Maldonado, Chief Learning Architect and co-founder of C4E
The initial stages of the program are currently being piloted this fall semester at ARC and more advanced courses will be added in subsequent semesters. While the initial courses were tailored to ARC's specifications, they are customizable for the specific curriculum of any community college and can be implemented immediately. C4E will be expanding the program across community colleges in California as well as other states. The program expansion will unlock possibilities for students to attend four-year institutions in cost-effective blended learning manner, while obtaining the foundations of music through C4E's transformative platforms.
About Connect For Education
Connect For Education Inc. (C4E) is an education technology company serving both academic and professional clients since 2001. C4E offers an extensive catalog of configurable online academic courses adopted at over 400 educational institutions annually. C4E enables personalized digital learning experiences powered in C4E's proprietary Learning Management System (LMS) – C4E Link – along with active learning tools. Like C4E Bridge, C4E Link is one of a variety of proprietary learning platforms that enables integration into multiple major LMSs via Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI). In addition to serving the academic market, C4E designs, develops, publishes, hosts, interactive online courses for US government agencies, corporations, and nonprofit organizations to enhance training, continuing education, and Executive and Professional Education programs.