ITEEA Partners on TI STEM Exchange Webinar

October 13, 2021

excite logoITEEA was proud to be a partner and lead the recent Texas Instruments STEM Exchange webinar on “Computer Science and Programming to Foster STEM Interest.” This-open forum webinar program shared the Exploring Computation Integrated into Technology and Engineering project. ExCITE is a three-year NSF-funded partnership between Hofstra University and ITEEA to develop a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) aligned professional development program to help prepare the nation’s high school Technology and Engineering teachers to teach a College Board Advanced Placement level one-year Computer Science Principles (AP-CSP) course in a manner that offers opportunities for under-served and under-represented populations.

ExCITE is designed to enhance the Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC) AP-CSP approved curriculum by the addition of computer control and robotic activities based on real-world hands-on problem-solving challenges. The resulting BJC-T&E AP-CSP curriculum aims to increase student engagement and is better suited to the design-based approach used by Technology and Engineering and many other STEM teachers. This course combines STEM and Computer Science to prepare students for careers in the fastest-growing job sector in the US!

Hofstra University’s Center for STEM Research is leading this project in collaboration with The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA), computer science (CS) faculty from North Carolina State University and Boston College, and state education departments and local school districts in Maryland and Virginia. ITEEA’s STEM Center will be scaling up the project across the nation in the spring and summer of 2022.