#SummerSTEM 2016 = PBL + Data


Last year, we talked about the importance of Statistical Analysis and Data Mining in light of the ever increasing amounts of data available throughout the world. Back then, these were the hottest skills; and this year--according to LinkedIn--they can still get you hired. And this Money article agrees, SAS skills not only can get you hired, but paid well too. Here's the challenge for the classroom: find creative ways to expose students to the real world of data and the importance of analysis. Why? So that information and knowledge derived from data can drive decision-making. That's where we think Problem- and Project-Based Learning (the PBL in our title) fits nicely.

PBL offers a model that drives student engagement and improves learning. It also places students in real-world contexts that prepare them for college and careers.

The Buck Institute for Education is a leader in preparing teachers to deliver Project-Based Learning and has been leading the community to develop a Gold Standard for PBL. Watch below as John Mergendoller introduces the Gold Standard.

This summer a group of teachers from Wake County Public Schools is getting hands-on experience at area businesses as part of Wake Ed Partnership's SummerSTEM program. Teachers will be combining their business experiences with their professional development training in PBL to enrich student learning in the coming year.

Teachers will be immersed in a world of data known as the Internet of Things. Attendees will be surrounded by sensors gathering data throughout the day on everything from weather to fitness. To help make sense of all that data, teachers will launch a crash course on SAS® University Edition, free for teaching and learning SAS skills (get it here). The course will use data the attendees collect throughout day. Teachers will then work on an outcome to dynamically illustrate their day, through media using charts, graphs, and pictures of the data. We hope this will illustrate one idea for incorporating data into PBL lessons across classrooms this fall.

And if you aren't able to generate your own data, we have you covered with Data Depot, one of 1,500+ free resources from SAS Curriculum Pathways.

WNCN came out and captured a nice story of #SummerSTEM2016 too. Check out this link for a recap: http://wncn.com/2016/07/17/wake-county-educators-learn-innovative-ways-to-teach-in-summerstem-program/.


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Scott McQuiggan

Scott McQuiggan leads SAS® Curriculum Pathways®, an interdisciplinary team focused on the development of no-cost educational software in the core disciplines at SAS. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from North Carolina State University in 2009, where his research focused on affective reasoning in intelligent game-based learning environments. His research has been published in more than 30 journal articles and refereed conference proceedings, and been recognized through several best paper nominations including Best Student Paper Award at the International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction.

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