On Thursday, September 3, MIT President L. Rafael Reif and Massachusetts Congressman Joe Kennedy III will host a discussion with leading education experts examining how technology can provide opportunities to expand quality science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education for all K-16 students. The event, which will take place at MIT’s Media Lab, will feature demonstrations of new projects and technologies, presentations by leading education experts, and a panel discussion.
The event will begin at 3 p.m. with MIT researchers demonstrating new learning tools and outreach efforts. They will demonstrate a number of interactive projects including an augmented reality “sandbox” that displays a hands-on, real-time topographical map made of movable sand; a photography turntable that lets users capture GIFs and videos of DIY projects coming together; the new Scratch programming extension system, which enables users to apply the Scratch visual programming language to program new devices and applications; and new interactive games designed to help students explore STEM fields and build math and science skills.
At 4 p.m., Reif and Kennedy will commence a series of presentations by MIT researchers and a panel discussion moderated by Professor Mitchel Resnick, head of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT.
More information on the schedule of events and a full list of demonstrations can be found at scalingstem.mit.edu.
• L. Rafael Reif, MIT president
• Joe Kennedy III, congressman for the Fourth District of Massachusetts
MIT faculty, including:
• Sanjay Sarma, dean of digital learning at MIT
• Angela Belcher, the W.M. Keck Professor of Energy at MIT
• Sangeeta Bhatia, the John J. and Dorothy Wilson Professor of Health Sciences and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT
• John D.E. Gabrieli, the Grover M. Hermann Professor of Health Sciences and Technology and Cognitive Neuroscience at MIT
• Eric Klopfer, professor of urban studies and planning at MIT and director of the Education Arcade
• Mitchel Resnick, the LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab
Full schedule: scalingstem.mit.edu
Thursday, September 3, 2015
6th floor of the MIT Media Lab (Building E14)
75 Amherst Street, Cambridge, MA 02139
Reporters interested in attending should RSVP to Andrew Carleen at firstname.lastname@example.org.