Schlumberger's Support of Code.org Professional Learning Programs Helps Makes CS for All Possible
Schlumberger has committed to sponsor two interdisciplinary 2017-2018 Code.org Professional Learning Programs for teachers hosted by RUSMP - the Schlumberger Computer Science (CS) in Algebra and Schlumberger CS in Science programs. There is no cost to participate in these programs, and teacher participants will receive a stipend. Detailed information and the online application is available at http://rusmp.rice.edu/teachers/.
Teachers in the Schlumberger CS in Algebra program will learn how to infuse computer programming into secondary mathematics classroom through a block-based programming environment. The innovative curriculum will give students an opportunity to learn how algebra is applied in the real world through an exciting, hands-on approach. Similarly, teachers in the Schlumberger CS in Science program will learn how to introduce concepts in life, physical and earth sciences through computer modeling and simulation. By offering engaging CS experiences in required courses such as mathematics and science, these programs will truly have an impact on all students.
Schlumberger, through its global educational program, Schlumberger Excellence in Educational Development (SEED), has been instrumental in propelling communities forward in STEM education. Spearheaded by Paula Harris, Director of Global Education, SEED aims to inspire the digital creators and innovators of the future by supporting a wide range of robotics and computer science (CS) events, student clubs and camps, and professional development programs for teachers. What began as a grassroots Schlumberger employee outreach program in 1998, SEED is now the largest channel for outreach in Schlumberger, with robotics, computer science, and energy education as their primary areas of focus.
Schlumberger joined RUSMP, a Code.org Regional Partner, at the Computer Science Education Regional Partners Summit hosted by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in Washington, D.C. last September. This summit focused on a discussion of how to expand CS education for all students. Schlumberger responded to the call by committing to sponsor two interdisciplinary 2017-2018 Code.org Professional Learning Programs for teachers hosted by RUSMP - the Schlumberger Computer Science (CS) in Algebra and Schlumberger CS in Science programs.
"Code.org is proud to partner with RUSMP to expand access to computer science in the greater Houston area at a time when the majority of K-12 schools still don't offer it," says Hadi Partovi, CEO and Founder of Code.org. "By offering Code.org Professional Learning Programs, RUSMP through Schlumberger's generous support will give teachers the tools and support they need to introduce foundational 21st-century skills into their classrooms and put all students on a path to success in today's high-tech world."
In addition to supporting the professional development of CS teachers, SEED underwrites collaborative projects supporting the establishment of computer labs, the expansion of network connectivity, and CS education in over 50 countries. Locally in 2016-2017, SEED sponsored after-school coding and robotics clubs - 35 in Houston ISD and 48 in Fort Bend ISD.
With all these efforts, Schlumberger is meeting the challenge of providing the highest quality computer science education for all students. RUSMP is proud to collaborate with Schlumberger in this mission to broaden participation in CS.
In photo below: Facilitators and teachers during 2016 CS in Algebra workshop hosted by RUSMP