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NMSU Mathematically Connected Communities to participate in 2019 NSF video showcase

Mathematically Connected Communities, a K-12 professional development project at New Mexico State University, will be featured in the 2019 STEM for All Video Showcase funded by the National Science Foundation. The event will be held online today through May 20 at https://stemforall2019.videohall.com.


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Students entering fifth grade participated in a previous summer MathLab held in Los Lunas, New Mexico. Students took part in activities designed to explore fractions and measurement offered hands-on learning experiences. Mathematically Connected Communities, a K-12 professional development project at New Mexico State University, will be featured in the 2019 STEM for All Video Showcase funded by the National Science Foundation. The event will be held online May 13-20, 2019, at https://stemforall2019.videohall.com. (NMSU photo courtesy of Mathematically Connected Communities)

The presentation, titled “MC2 MathLab” looks at bringing together teachers, administrators, and university mathematicians and staff to study the design and impact of student-centered math classrooms. The project was funded by the U.S. Department of Education/Math-Science Partnership.

“MathLab is a model of summer professional learning that simulates authentic classroom practice for teachers,” said Wanda Bulger-Tamez, MC2 project director. “We move professional learning from the theoretical realm into a real classroom setting to experience all the successes and challenges of implementing innovative practice. This model is worth replicating because it results in changes in teacher practice. Participating in the STEM for All Video Showcase provides an excellent outreach/networking opportunity.”

Now in its fifth year, the annual showcase will feature more than 240 innovative projects aimed at improving STEM learning and teaching, which have been funded by the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies. During the weeklong event, researchers, practitioners, policy makers and members of the public are invited to view the short videos, discuss them with the presenters online and vote for their favorites.

The theme for this year’s event is “Innovations in STEM Education.” Video presentations address improving K-12 STEM classrooms, informal environments, undergraduate and graduate education, teacher professional development and community engagement. Collectively, the presentations cover a broad range of topics including science, mathematics, computer science, engineering, cyberlearning, citizen science, maker spaces, broadening participation, research experiences, mentoring, professional development, NGSS and the Common Core.

Last year’s STEM for All Video Showcase is still being accessed, and to date has had more than 81,000 unique visitors from 186 countries.

The STEM for All Video Showcase is created and hosted by TERC, a non-profit, research and development organization, located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. TERC partners with six NSF funded resource centers: MSPnet, CADRE, CAISE, CIRCL, STELAR and CS for All Teachers.