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Infusing STEM Education with Coding and Discovery: An Open Platform for Publishing Modern Curriculum

Kyle Keane
Organization: Wolfram

Wolfram Technology Conference 2015
Conference location

Champaign, Illinois USA

Built on top of Mathematica, we have developed an open publication and distribution platform for interactive STEM curriculum (learning modules) that use the Wolfram Language. Modules published using our platform present STEM concepts while requiring students to complete computational programming challenges that reinforce the application of those concepts. We support the interactive power of Dynamic[] constructs, such as Manipulate[], and the algorithmic power of the Wolfram Language. Published modules can be used in traditional classrooms and for synchronous or self-paced online education. Currently, the system is being used in multiple universities across the United States, and we are looking for teachers to join our movement. In this talk, we will provide an overview of our platform, provide a live walk-through of a learning module, describe the (very simple) authoring process, and provide instruction for new authors looking to publish learning modules with us. By completing a module, students build their own personalized electronic document full of rich interactive visualizations and effective coding techniques. This flexible document combines the information of a traditional textbook with a personal collection of code that can be continually expanded well after graduation. The goal is to inspire students to make their own education rather than simply consuming it.

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