STEM+C

Integrating Computing into Science Teaching and Learning in Grades 6-8: A Diverse Partnership to Develop an Evidence-Guided Model to Serve Rural Communities

In the fall of 2018, the RiSE Center was awarded $1.25 M to study how computer science can be successfully integrated into science instruction at the middle school level. This research study is a 3 year project during which 30 middle school science teachers will partner with researchers and staff at the RiSE Center to develop and implement science modules that include an integrated computer science component. Our hope is to gain an understanding of how computer science can be taught within a science program in a way that supports student learning in both the science discipline and computer science in addition to identifying what supports are needed to help teachers integrate computer science into their instruction successfully. 

OUR TEAM

Susan McKay, PI

Professor of Physics and Director of the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center), University of Maine (UMaine)

Laura Millay

Project Research and Evaluation Coordinator, Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center), University of Maine (UMaine)

Marina Van der Eb

Project Coordinator, Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center), University of Maine (UMaine)

Mitchell Bruce, CO-PI

Professor, Department of Chemistry, and RiSE Center Member, UMaine

Jim Fratini, CO-PI

Middle School Science Teacher, Hermon Middle School

Sara Lindsay, CO-PI

Associate Professor, School of Marine Sciences, and RiSE Center Member, UMaine

Harlan Onsrud, CO-PI

Professor of Spatial Informatics and Director, School of Computing and Information Science, UMaine

Jon Doty

Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Regional School Unit 34

Torsten Hahmann

Assistant Professor of Spatial Informatics, School of Computing and Information Science, University of Maine

Connie Holden

Professor of Developmental Mathematics and Science, University of Maine Augusta

Andre Khalil

Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Director of the CompuMAINE Lab, University of Maine

Beth Muncey

Professional Learning and Resource Coordinator, Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center), University of Maine

Katie Wright

Middle School Science Teacher, Houlton Middle School

Dr. George Bodner

Professor of Chemical Education, Purdue University

Dr. Marie Desjardins

Dean, College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences, and Professor of Computer Science, Simmons College, whose research interests include K-12 computer science education and pedagogical innovation

Dr. Amy Johnson

Co-Director, Maine Education Policy Research Institute, and Assistant Director, Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, University of Southern Maine

Dr. Jason Judd

Program Director of Project>Login at Educate Maine and Chair of the recent Maine Computer Science Task Force

Beth Lambert

Coordinator of Secondary Education and Integrated Instruction, Maine Department of Education

John McDonald

Superintendent of Regional School Unit 13 and RiSE Curriculum Modification Review Board member

Dr. Robert Pockalny

Associate Marine Research Scientist at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography and co-PI on funded STEM+C project

Dr. Penny Rheingans

Director, School of Computing and Information Science, University of Maine

Dr. Ben Sayler

Professor of Physical Science and Mathematics, Director of the Sanford Center for Science Education at Black Hills State University and PI on funded STEM+C project

ALL SAINT'S CATHOLIC SCHOOL

Bangor, ME

BREWER COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Brewer, ME

CAPE ELIZABETH MIDDLE SCHOOL

Cape Elizabeth, ME

CARAVEL MIDDLE SCHOOL

Carmel, ME

GLENBURN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Glenburn, ME

HERMON MIDDLE SCHOOL

Hermon, ME

JAMES F. DOUGHTY MIDDLE SCHOOL 

Bangor, ME

HOULTON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL 

Houlton, ME

LEWISTON MIDDLE SCHOOL 

Lewiston, ME

LUBEC CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL 

Eastport, ME

MINOT CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL 

Minot, ME

REEDS BROOK MIDDLE SCHOOL 

Hampden, ME

SAMUEL L. WAGNER MIDDLE SCHOOL 

Winterport, ME

SEDOMOCHA MIDDLE SCHOOL 

Dover-Foxcroft, ME

SOUTHERN AROOSTOOK COMMUNITY SCHOOL 

Dyer Brook, ME

TRENTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 

Trenton, ME

VEAZIE COMMUNITY SCHOOL 

Veazie, ME

WINDSOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 

Windsor, ME

WINSLOW JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL 

Winslow, ME

Susan McKay, PI

Professor of Physics and Director of the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center), University of Maine (UMaine)

Laura Millay

Project Research and Evaluation Coordinator, Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center), University of Maine (UMaine)

Marina Van der Eb

Project Coordinator, Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center), University of Maine (UMaine)

Mitchell Bruce, CO-PI

Professor, Department of Chemistry, and RiSE Center Member, UMaine

Jim Fratini, CO-PI

Middle School Science Teacher, Hermon Middle School

Sara Lindsay, CO-PI

Associate Professor, School of Marine Sciences, and RiSE Center Member, UMaine

Harlan Onsrud, CO-PI

Professor of Spatial Informatics and Director, School of Computing and Information Science, UMaine

Jon Doty

Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, Regional School Unit 34

Torsten Hahmann

Assistant Professor of Spatial Informatics, School of Computing and Information Science, University of Maine

Connie Holden

Professor of Developmental Mathematics and Science, University of Maine Augusta

Andre Khalil

Associate Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering, Director of the CompuMAINE Lab, University of Maine

Beth Muncey

Professional Learning and Resource Coordinator, Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center), University of Maine

Katie Wright

Middle School Science Teacher, Houlton Middle School

Dr. George Bodner

Professor of Chemical Education, Purdue University

Dr. Marie Desjardins

Dean, College of Organizational, Computational, and Information Sciences, and Professor of Computer Science, Simmons College, whose research interests include K-12 computer science education and pedagogical innovation

Dr. Amy Johnson

Co-Director, Maine Education Policy Research Institute, and Assistant Director, Center for Education Policy, Applied Research, and Evaluation, University of Southern Maine

Dr. Jason Judd

Program Director of Project>Login at Educate Maine and Chair of the recent Maine Computer Science Task Force

Beth Lambert

Coordinator of Secondary Education and Integrated Instruction, Maine Department of Education

John McDonald

Superintendent of Regional School Unit 13 and RiSE Curriculum Modification Review Board member

Dr. Robert Pockalny

Associate Marine Research Scientist at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography and co-PI on funded STEM+C project

Dr. Penny Rheingans

Director, School of Computing and Information Science, University of Maine

Dr. Ben Sayler

Professor of Physical Science and Mathematics, Director of the Sanford Center for Science Education at Black Hills State University and PI on funded STEM+C project

ALL SAINT'S CATHOLIC SCHOOL

Bangor, ME

BREWER COMMUNITY SCHOOL

Brewer, ME

CAPE ELIZABETH MIDDLE SCHOOL

Cape Elizabeth, ME

CARAVEL MIDDLE SCHOOL

Carmel, ME

GLENBURN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Glenburn, ME

HERMON MIDDLE SCHOOL

Hermon, ME

JAMES F. DOUGHTY MIDDLE SCHOOL 

Bangor, ME

HOULTON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL 

Houlton, ME

LEWISTON MIDDLE SCHOOL 

Lewiston, ME

LUBEC CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL 

Eastport, ME

MINOT CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL 

Minot, ME

REEDS BROOK MIDDLE SCHOOL 

Hampden, ME

SAMUEL L. WAGNER MIDDLE SCHOOL 

Winterport, ME

SEDOMOCHA MIDDLE SCHOOL 

Dover-Foxcroft, ME

SOUTHERN AROOSTOOK COMMUNITY SCHOOL 

Dyer Brook, ME

TRENTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 

Trenton, ME

VEAZIE COMMUNITY SCHOOL 

Veazie, ME

WINDSOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 

Windsor, ME

WINSLOW JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL 

Winslow, ME

PROJECT TIMELINE

This is a 3 year project that began in September of 2018. Districts participating in the project have been randomly assigned to either Cohort 1 or Cohort 2. Participation for both cohorts is laid out below.

Cohort 1

Cohort 2

Spring 2019

Cohort 1

Spring Cohort Meeting: May 18, 9AM - 3PM
Spring Cohort Meeting: June 1, 9AM - 3PM

Cohort 2

No Participation

Summer 2019

Cohort 1

Content Immersion in Computer Science: July 8-11
Integrated Module Design: July 22-24

Cohort 2

No Participation

Fall 2019

Cohort 1

Pilot Integrated Unit
Attend two cohort meetings
Attend Fall Summit: November 22 & 23

Cohort 2

Teach standard units
Attend two cohort meetings
Attend Fall Summit

Spring 2020

Cohort 1

Pilot Integrated Unit
Attend two cohort meetings

Cohort 2

Teach standard units
Attend two cohort meetings

Summer 2020

Cohort 1

Content Immersion in Computer Science
Integrated Module Modification

Cohort 2

Content Immersion in Computer Science
Integrated Module Modification

Fall 2020

Cohort 1

Pilot Integrated Unit
Attend two cohort meetings

Cohort 2

Pilot Integrated Unit
Attend two cohort meetings

Spring 2021

Cohort 1

Pilot Integrated Unit
Attend two cohort meetings

Cohort 2

Pilot Integrated Unit
Attend two cohort meetings

Summer 2021

Cohort 1

Integrated Module Modification

Cohort 2

Integrated Module Modification


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This work is supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1842359