At EDGEucating, we believe that education and cultural change requires a village to foster true learning and to achieve change. Today’s students must be prepared to thrive in a constantly evolving technological landscape. We are behind this Global Chess Challenge because it requires students to use a variety of technology skills to develop and employ strategies for understanding and solving problems. In addition, students will broaden their perspectives and enrich their learning by collaborating with others and working effectively in teams, both locally and globally. These are all skills that prepare students for college and/or future careers.
Heidi Williams is a passionate coding and computational thinking advocate. She is a retired public-school educator with 30+ years of experience in education. She has served her community as a language, science, and mathematics teacher for grades 6-8, as well as roles as a differentiation specialist, technology integration specialist, instructional coach, gifted and talented coordinator, elementary principal, and K-8 director of curriculum.
Heidi has shared her passion for integrating coding into the curriculum at local, state, regional, and national conferences, and many have leveraged her expertise for conference presentations, coding coaching, professional development, and K-12 scope and sequence alignment of computer science skills throughout the curriculum. She is also the author of ISTE’s No Fear Coding – Computational Thinking Across the K-5 Curriculum.
STEM Advancement/MS Robotics
STEM Advancement/MS Robotics which is a STEM educational organization reaching disadvantaged and low-income rural students. They host classroom training, teacher training, afterschool programs, summer camps, competitions, teacher conferences. Subjects emphasized include robotics, underwater ROV’s, drones, 3D printing, virtual reality, and prosthetics.
Their STEM Affiliate School program gives them a close working relationship with the public, private, and home schools. Their on-line STEM Academy allows for distance learning.
RoboNation is a U.S. based, 501c3 nonprofit whose mission is to provide a pathway of hands-on educational experiences that empower students to find innovative solutions to global challenges. Working together with the industry, research and educators, we have grown to include over nine robotic competitions and programs and engage more than 250,000 students per year.
Build a Bot. Change the World.
Six simple words that hold the power of young minds, the strength of STEM and imagination to use technology to make the impossible possible. A 12 year old is manning a submarine. University students are building boats that sail themselves. High schoolers are 3D printing 3D printers (no seriously, someone really did that).
Kai’s Clan is an adventure in collaborative coding, a place where student engagement and learning become one. Kai’s Clan facilitates collaboration across multiple locations due to its multiplayer cloud platform. A student in a different classroom, or even in a different state or country can collaborate on a shared class activity or goal.