Dr. Deborah Fields Research Featured in the 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase

Watch a video explaining recent research by Dr. Deborah Fields in the 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase. The video can be seen on the video showcase website.

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Now in its fourth year, the 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase will feature over 200 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. Last year's showcase has had 51,000 unique visitors from over 189 countries.

Dr. Deborah Fields
Dr. Deborah Fields
Dr. Fields is an assistant professor in the Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences (ITLS) Department. The video explaining her research is called, "Electronic Textiles for Exploring Computer Science with High School Students & Teachers to Promote Computational Thinking and Participation for all." It looks at the development and impact of an electronic textiles curriculum in public high schools. The project was funded by the National Science Foundation.

Dr. Fields explained, “Teachers say that students 'run' to class in order to participate in the e-textiles curriculum. This is remarkable because the course is very challenging in multiple domains and students have to learn from many mistakes and revisions… Now piloted by 16 teachers, our curriculum is helping to broaden, deepen, and diversify participation in computing,”

Matthew Havertz
Matthew Havertz
The video was edited and designed by Matthew Havertz, a master's student in the ITLS Department. "It was a fun project to work on," Havertz shared. "Online collaboration makes great things possible. Dr. Fields lives California and Dr. Kafai lives in Pennsylvania. I did not film or record one piece of this video or audio, I just stitched bits and pieces together from what they sent me."

The STEM for All Video Showcase is created and hosted by TERC a non-profit, research and development organization, located in Cambridge. TERC partners with six NSF funded resource centers MSPnet, CADRE, CAISE, CIRCL, STELAR, CS for All Teachers. The Showcase is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (#1642187).


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