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SUNY-Brockport College and Rochester City (SCOLLARCITY) Math and Science Partnership: Integrative Technology Tools for Preservice and Inservice Teacher Education


SCOLLARCITY is a partnership of math, science, and technology; higher education and local school districts; educational institutions and business; and urban-suburban districts. Core partners include SUNY College at Brockport (the largest producer of bachelor's degrees in Rochester), Rochester City School District (third largest in New York state with the lowest achievement scores) and Brighton Central School District (one of the best ranked nationally). Supporting partners are the Shodor Foundation, The Krell Institute, and Texas Instruments.

The primary goal for the partnership is to improve student achievement in math and science in both college and grades 7-12 by creating a multi agency approach for the recruitment and professional development of mathematics and science teachers.

SCOLLARCITY uses a new pedagogy through effective use of technology, math modeling, computer simulations, and visual representations, which allow an integrated approach to math and science teaching while stimulating a layered (inquiry-based) learning for students using hands-on experiments. The new pedagogy is based on a Computational Math, Science, and Technology (CMST) approach, where students and teachers are engaged in fieldwork, laboratory experiments, mathematical modeling, computer simulation and visualization. CMST employs math models to describe physical phenomena, therefore bringing a new perspective about the usefulness of math as a tool in real life. The method is designed to make science and mathematics concepts more easily comprehensible.

The project targets both in-service and pre-service training. More than 50 teachers receive summer training every year. CMST-based lesson plans are developed during summer and implemented in classrooms during fall and spring. Participating teachers receive one-year mentoring help after summer. During the academic year, there is also a team-based project activity to further incorporate CMST into classrooms while bringing tools and motivation directly to grades 7-12 students, under the supervision of participating teachers.

In addition to summer training, mentoring and team project activities, there is a scholarship program that teachers can use to strenghthen their teaching certification credentials.

Courses and curricula at both core partners are being revised to assure an improvement in the quality and quantity of students as well as teachers and faculty.

Site Contributions
09/03/19Computational Pedagogy: Fostering a New Method of Teaching
07/08/18A New Perspective on Computational Thinking
11/13/17The Essence of Computational Thinking
11/13/17Modeling and Simulation: How Everything Seems to Form and Evolve
08/10/16A Universal Process: How Mind and Matter Seem to Work
08/10/16Cognitive Aspects of Computational Modeling and Simulation in Teaching and Learning
09/24/09The Computational Science Major at SUNY Brockport
09/23/09Computational Science and Engineering at Istanbul Technical University
09/23/09A New Perspective on Computational Science Education
09/22/09A Computational Technology Approach to Education
09/22/09Striving to Raise the Bar to Higher Levels: Integrated STEM Education
09/27/07Mathematical and Computational Tools to Observe Kepler's Laws of Orbital Motion
09/27/07Limitations on the Accuracy of Numerical Integration and Simulation Technology
05/01/07CMST 2007 Triathlon
04/28/05Congressional Hearing on Implementation of the Math Science Partnership Program: Views from the Field
03/07/05Osman Yasar's Congressional Testimony
03/07/05Elements of Computational Science and Engineering Education
03/07/05Highlights from the SCOLLARCITY 2004 Annual Report
03/07/05Professor Osman Yasar Named One of "Top 30 Most Successful Turks in the World"
03/07/05AIG Summary Report on Congressional Hearing on NSF's MSP Program
03/07/05Witnesses See Promise in Math and Science Partnerships
03/07/05SUNY Math and Science Partnership Program Presented at Congressional Hearing