Fun k-12 Science and Engineering Learning

Posted on August 21, 2006  Comments (7)

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The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Center for Initiatives in Pre-College Education (CIPCE):

For too long now the nation’s best research universities have often sat idle while our the problems of our system of public school education have reached crisis proportion. Rensselaer, through CIPCE, intends to take the lead in forging new relationships which will become models for others to follow.

A bold declaration and vision which, thankfully, they back up with action.

CIPCE works closely with Rensselaer’s Academy of Electronic Media to develop K-12 interactive multimedia materials and to educate teachers in their use. We are interested in studying how cutting edge educational technologies can affect teaching and learning in the classroom.

They offer several Interactive MultiMedia downloads form their site. We have added a directory of sites that offer k-12 resources (ciriculum, tools, etc. for teachers) and interesting online and offline resources for sudents: science education sites as part of our science links directory.
Robotics for k-12 see:

CIPCE is working in partnership with Tufts University in incorporating into its professional development activities a hands-on experience with LEGO Robotics and the Robolab programming software.

seeks to immerse learners from pre-K through college into an interdisciplinary environment rich in programming, construction of LEGO devices controlled by the programs, and the associated mathematics and science.

Related: Lego Learning

7 Responses to “Fun k-12 Science and Engineering Learning”

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    September 15th, 2006 @ 5:22 pm

    “Getting kids to actually apply concepts is not only fun but the best way to learn…”

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    February 23rd, 2008 @ 5:14 pm

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