Teacher Lecture Series

From University Research to the K-12 Classroom

The STEM Education Center at WPI and Mass Academy of Math and Science are co-sponsoring a Lecture Series in which WPI faculty will present their groundbreaking research and how the principles of their research can be applied to a K-12 classroom. Following the WPI faculty member, a K-12 educator will present engaging classroom activities addressing similar topics that can be applicable to multiple grade levels.  This series seeks to bring K-12 educators and university faculty members together around a common theme of relevant topics to engage and inspire the next generation of STEM-minded individuals.

Please join us for a time of networking with colleagues, engaging in intellectual thought, learning new content, and sharing ideas.

Contact Katie Elmes (kaelmes@wpi.edu) or Shari Weaver (sweaver@wpi.edu) with questions.

Winter 2015 Lecture: Computer Science and Cybersecurity - Date Changed to March 26, 2015, 4-6 PM

In this interactive presentation, join WPI faculty member Kathi Fisler, Professor in Computer Science and Director of the Cybersecurity Program, and Worcester Technical High School Computer Science Teacher, Jen Hardy, as they engage participants in ideas and discussion about how to attract and excite students in their fields at all ages.  

What comes to mind when you hear the word "cybersecurity"?  Stolen credit cards?  Warfare?  Annoying password rules?  What do "cybersecurity" researchers and professionals actually do?  What role should K-12 education have in teaching people about cybersecurity? Kathi Fisler, who also does a lot of non-security K-12 computing education outreach, will talk about the breadth of the topic, show a bit of the work that she does, talk about opportunities for cybersecurity education in K-16, and discuss your questions and ideas about this exciting and rapidly evolving area.  

Jen Hardy will then involve participants in a presentation and discussion around tools of the computer science trade for all grade levels, how to move away from lectures to an inquiry based method, and show examples of the innovate work she has her students doing in her classroom. She will lead the group in talking about how to best engage students in computer science at all ages.

Register now.

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