For the third year in a row, we are happy to serve as a host site for Wake Ed Partnership's SummerSTEM program. We think we've planned the best year yet (although, we had a lot of fun hosting SummerSTEM 2015 and 2016--check out WNCN's story).
As in years past, this summer a group of teachers from Wake County Public Schools is getting hands-on experience at area businesses and combining their business experiences with their professional development training in problem/project-based learning (PBL) to enrich student learning in the coming year. Their experience here at SAS will revolve around two major themes: the importance of data literacy and the Agile approach to problem solving and product development--a skill and process directly relevant to today's classroom.
To demonstrate the role individuals can play in the field of analytics, teachers will be introduced to Gather IQ, SAS’s crowdsourcing initiative for improving humanitarian, educational, environmental, and societal issues facing the global economy. We hope participants walk away with an understanding that data is in everything we do and holds a critical role in our society; therefore, data literacy is one of the most important skills students can develop. In fact, SAS programming skills have been touted as the most important skills set candidates can bring to the job market.
Given the program's mission around PBL, several processes we use daily at SAS are relevant. In particular, we feel our Agile software development method is applicable to the PBL classroom. For that reason, participants will hear first hand how Agile practices can translate into a collaboration strategy for students.
The day will round out with time to put everything presented into practice. Participants will develop their own code with our free app, CodeSnaps, and browse our library of data sets, Data Depot, to add an analytics component to their PBL lesson ideas. Both CodeSnaps and Data Depot are among the 1,700+ free resources from Curriculum Pathways.
Interesting reads on the importance of statistics:
- New study confirms: SAS most valuable career skill.
- “Medicine by Numbers” in The Economist, March 7, 2015, http://www.economist.com/node/21645510/print
- “Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the AP Statistics Exam” in Amstat News, May 2016, , http://magazine.amstat.org/blog/2016/05/02/pres-may16/
- "Statistician Projected as Top 10 Fastest-Growing Job”, January 18, 2016 press release from the American Statistical Association, https://www.amstat.org/newsroom/pressreleases/2016_BLS_Statistician_Employment_News.pdf
- Census at School resources for teachers provided by the American Statistical Association at https://www.amstat.org/censusatschool/
- THIS Is Statistics, the American Statistical Association website for students, parents, educators and counselors, at http://thisisstatistics.org/
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