Robomatter IDEAS Curriculum Among First To Be Certified By Global STEM Alliance

New York Academy of Sciences' Global STEM Alliance recognizes Robomatter's excellence in developing 21st-century skills

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Robomatter's IDEAS computer science curriculum has been awarded certification from the prestigious New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) based on a newly developed educational framework. Last month, NYAS released its Global STEM Alliance (GSA) STEM Education Framework, which promotes 21st century skills development in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. Robomatter is one of only two organizations that attained certification through a rigorous evaluation process.

The IDEAS computer science curriculum allows students to synthesize their natural curiosity and interests with the tools of computer science. Instead of just working with paper and pencil, students are given opportunities to iterate and design creative solutions to problems using digital tools. Students also learn how to engage one another as they work collaboratively to apply their ideas and solve problems with computational thinking.

Countless organizations are developing STEM content for the education sector. Yet little objective information exists to help decision makers identify high-quality materials. The GSA STEM Certification Program addresses this need by certifying materials that align to the GSA STEM Education Framework. It outlines 26 features of quality STEM education in three fundamental areas, and reviews are performed by a panel of academic experts with deep knowledge related to the subject matter, grade level, and intended audience of the materials under review.

"There is a broad consensus around the need to bring STEM literacy and computational thinking concepts and practices to all students. As a result, there is a pronounced need for the GSA STEM Education Framework for schools and educational decision-makers. We are very proud to have earned this certification," said Jason McKenna, Director of Educational Strategy at Robomatter.

About Robomatter

Robomatter Incorporated is a technology and engineering curriculum solutions provider focused on bringing STEM experiences to students by leveraging the motivational effects of computer science and robotics. Robomatter's solutions include research-backed curricula, interactive technology tools, STEM teacher professional development programs, and certification programs through a partnership with Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Academy.

About the Global STEM Alliance

The Global STEM Alliance is an initiative of the New York Academy of Sciences dedicated to preparing the next generation of STEM innovators for 21st-century careers. With more than 200 partners in 50 countries and regions around the world, the GSA works to improve access to quality STEM instruction, and to increase the number and diversity of students pursuing STEM careers.

About the New York Academy of Sciences

The New York Academy of Sciences is an independent, not-for-profit organization that, since 1817, has been driving innovative solutions to society's challenges by advancing scientific research, education, and policy. With more than 20,000 members in 100 countries, the Academy is creating a global community of science for the benefit of humanity.

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