UBTECH Education (opens in new tab), a company dedicated to promoting STEM and computer science (STEM+C) education through interactive robotics, is partnering with The Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) (opens in new tab) to provide support to educators across New York City with professional development programming designed to facilitate the integration of the UKIT supplemental STEM curriculum into classrooms.
The two organizations will launch the partnership with 600 seventh-graders in New York City as part of CEI’s Project BOOST, a multi-faceted school-based program for under-resourced, at-risk New York City public school students who have demonstrated academic talents but may not have the opportunity to develop them due to their economic circumstances.
UKITS encompass the NGSS ‘three-dimensional’ model, integrating scientific and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas, and crosscutting concepts. Written by NGSS authors, the UKIT curriculum includes activities that cultivate 21st-century skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, creativity, team-based work and use of technology. Because English language arts and math connections are part of the NGSS, the UKIT curriculum also integrates those two subjects into its lessons, making it a useful supplement for ELA and math learning as well.
CEI educators will also play a lead role in delivering UBTECH Education’s professional development offerings, designed to help teachers integrate robotics into STEM lesson plans and infuse the curriculum’s Common Core–aligned cross-cutting concepts into literacy and math programs.