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2017 FAME Program Inspires Math Teachers to Rethink Their Classrooms

Sep 13, 2017

Student math proficiency, especially in algebra and geometry, is still proving to be difficult for many schools and districts, and success in algebra is a strong indicator of whether or not a student will attend and complete college. Hence, the KCI has continued to offer and evolve the FAME (Faculty Academy for Mathematics Excellence) program,…

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KCI Conducts Two Sessions in Modeling, Analysis, Design & Engineering (MADE)

Sep 13, 2017

The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are here, and teachers are trying to figure out how these will impact their approach to teaching science. The standards are designed to encourage deeper learning, where students demonstrate their knowledge of science concepts as opposed to memorizing content for multiple-choice tests. KCI has developed and launched the MADE…

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MERIT 2017 Challenges Teachers to Promote Student Creativity

Sep 13, 2017

On July 5th, 44 teachers from across the Bay Area gathered at the KCI to begin the two-week, intensive MERIT Summer Institute. Over one hundred educators applied for the program, and less than 50% were selected, since MERIT is donor-supported with limited seats. These teachers have made a 10-month commitment to transform their teaching practice…

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New Summer Integrated Engineering Program for Kids is a Hit

Sep 13, 2017

The KCI partnered with De Anza College Community Education this summer to offer a robust suite of integrated engineering courses and camps for 6th through 9th-grade students. The overall program, Integrated Engineering, was first offered through the De Anza Community Education’s Extended Summer Year program that took place June 19 through July 14. The Extended…

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KCI / Foothill College Awarded Two-Year Maker Grant

Sep 13, 2017

Sponsored by the state chancellor’s office, the California Community Colleges (CCC) Maker initiative recently announced the recipients for a two-year grant, and Foothill College/KCI made the cut. The initiative was launched with the goal to drive innovation in education, and ultimately to prepare students for success in STEM/STEAM careers (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math).…

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Microsoft-KCI Innovation Award winner receives more acolades

Apr 26, 2017

Winners of the Microsoft-KCI Innovation award were highlighted in an article in the San Jose Mercury News! “Moving into its second year, Sunnyvale’s Make-Her series is introducing more girls to the world of STEM and tech, and netting cash and praise along the way. Program sessions are held at the Sunnyvale Public Library. To date…

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KCI Takes the Lead on New Makerspace Grant

Mar 28, 2017

Where design, invention, and art meet, technology is used to create new products. The Maker Movement is increasingly gaining ground in education as it becomes clear that student interest and engagement levels rise in STEM subjects when there is access to “maker” environments and experiences. Forward-thinking schools and districts are converting unused wood shops and…

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Program Director Sets New Course in Making Education Relevant & Interactive through Technology

Mar 28, 2017

MERIT 2017 is gearing up to be another great opportunity for 50 Bay Area teachers. The cohort has been selected, and planning is well underway for the May start of the program. This year will also see a new program director and assistant director at the helm. Lisa DeLapo, a graduate of MERIT 2013, is…

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Next Generation Standards Change the Game for Science Education

Mar 28, 2017

It’s not news that American students lag behind their international counterparts in math and science. Math and science skills have become essential for most careers, and scientific and technological literacy is increasingly important for an educated society. These facts were the original drivers in developing the Common Core State Standards in math. Transforming science education…

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KCI Offers Integrated Engineering Camps for Kids This Summer

Mar 28, 2017

The KCI is partnering with De Anza College Community Education this summer to offer new engineering day camps for 6th through 9th grade students. The program, Mechatronics: Electronics, Mechanical Engineering and Coding, will be offered twice during July. This highly innovative engineering camp is capitalizing on the interest of both students and parents, and provides…

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