#SummerSTEM 2017: PBL the Agile way


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.

The GatherIQ panel sharing the '4Cs' and processes of project-based software development at #WakeEdSummerSTEM.

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.

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Interesting reads on the importance of statistics:

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Agile software development

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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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