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EOT: Computing MATTERS
    Wednesday July 18, 2012 1:45pm - 2:15pm @ Burnham 8th Floor

    EOT: Computing MATTERS: Building Pathways to Cyberinfrastructure

    Abstract: As we prepare students for the 21st century workforce, three of the most important skills for advancing modern mathematics and science are quantitative reasoning, computational thinking, and multi-scale modeling. Computing MATTERS: Pathways to Cyberinfrastructure (1) program, funded in part by the National Science Foundation Cyberinfrastructure Training, Education, Advancement, and Mentoring (CI-TEAM) program, provides opportunities for students to explore and engage in skills needed to advance computational science education through the use of cyberinfrastructure. Computing MATTERS is a program of Shodor (2), a national resource for computational science education. It combines the best of Shodor’s efforts from workshops, apprenticeships and internships. The program provides a continuum of activities from middle school grades through college for students to encounter the excitement of discovery, the power of inquiry and the joy of learning enabled by cyberinfrastructure and advanced technologies. 

    Based on Shodor’s initial demonstration program, Computing MATTERS: Pathways to Cyberinfrastructure is an implementation program that expands on partnerships with universities, community colleges, school districts, community centers, and Sigma Xi to extend Computing MATTERS first throughout the Research Triangle, NC area and then to span the state of North Carolina as the program develops. In Computing MATTERS, “MATTERS” is itself an acronym and has meaning in its own right: Mentoring Academic Transitions Through Experiences in Research and Service. Significant progress has been accomplished to implement Computing MATTERS and to excite and attract students all over North Carolina and beyond to consider study and careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The program has proven to attract many individuals from groups underrepresented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. 

    Through Computing MATTERS: Pathways to Cyberinfrastructure, Shodor seeks to build self-sustaining local infrastructures, adapting the best features of Shodor’s local initiatives, while expanding the mentor base to include area colleges and universities as well as members of Sigma Xi living and working in North Carolina. 



    Type Education Outreach and Training Track

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