Worcester Polytechnic Institute to Participate in The 2020 STEM for All Video Showcase: Learning from Research and Practice

Erin Ottmar (Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences and Psychology), Jacob Whitehill (Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Learning Sciences), Lane Harrison (Assistant Professor of Computer Science), Gillian Smith (Associate Professor of Computer Science), Jenny Yun-Chen Chan and Ji-Eun Lee (Postdoctoral Research Scientists in Learning Sciences), Avery Harrison (LST PhD student), Anand Ramakrishnan (CS PhD student), Hannah Smith (LST MS student), Grace Seiche (’20 CS and Psychology), and Fransisco Castro (CS PhD student) will be featured in the 2020 STEM for All Video Showcase funded by the National Science Foundation.  The event will be held online May 5th -12th at https://stemforall2020.videohall.com

The first presentation, entitled “Multimodal Machine Learning for Automated Classroom Feedback” harnesses multi-modal machine learning to develop an automatic classroom observation system that can perceive fine-grained interactions between classroom participants and help teachers to become more aware of the subtle interpersonal dynamics in their own classrooms. The project was funded by the National Science Foundation. https://stemforall2020.videohall.com/presentations/1757

The second presentation, entitled “Graspable Math: Moving Students Mathematical Understanding From Here to There!” introduces Graspable Math and From Here to There!, two dynamic learning technologies for mathematics that have been developed, researched, and implemented in K-12 classrooms. The project was funded by the Institute of Education Sciences and the Small Business Innovation Research Program.  https://stemforall2020.videohall.com/presentations/1744

The third presentation, entitled “Developing Computational Thinking Through Game Design and Play” introduces the Wearable Learning Cloud Platform. Through game creation and playing, the WLCP provides the benefits of mobile technologies and collaborative learning to develop students’ higher-level thinking in STEM classrooms. The project was funded by the National Science Foundation. https://stemforall2020.videohall.com/presentations/1711

Now in its sixth year, the annual showcase will feature over 170 innovative projects aimed at improving STEM learning and teaching, which have been funded by the National Science Foundation and other federal agencies. During the week-long 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 “Learning from Research and Practice.” Video presentations address improving K-12 STEM classroom, 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 over 76,000 unique visitors from 181 countries.


The STEM for All Video Showcase is hosted by TERC, in partnership with: STEMTLnet, CADRE, CAISE, CIRCL, STELAR, CS for All Teachers, NARST, NCTM, NSTA, NSF INCLUDES, and QEM. The Showcase is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (#1922641).