The iDreams project, funded by the National Science Foundation and
directed by AgentSheets CTO Dr. Alexander Repenning, hosts a Summer
Institute for training teachers to use the Scalable Game Design
curriculum with AgentSheets software. Over 60 middle school teachers
attended this year and along with the program directors, got full red
carpet treatment from the press, including interviews with 9News
Education reporter Nelson Garcia.
During the first week of the
Summer Institute, Teachers learn how to program video games, and during
the second week, use their skills to progress to programming scientific
simulations. This mimics the curriculum they will bring into their
classrooms in the Fall to promote STEM skills. The supportive
environment of the Summer Institute also helps teachers anticipate and
master the instructional issues that might arise in class by learning
from experienced Scalable Game Design instructors from other districts.
Teachers this year attended from diverse districts in Colorado,
Wyoming, Texas, Georgia, Mississippi, Ohio, South Dakota, and Alaska.
All shared an interest in inspiring their middle schools students to
pursue college degrees and careers in STEM-area subjects.