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NATIONAL REACH
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STUDENT COURSE WEEKS
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17000
TEACHERS TRAINED
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STUDENTS
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STUDENT FEEDBACK
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Interactive, Friendly Monsters Designed & Programmed

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Brains Created (models)

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Video Games Developed

EVALUATION

Since 2013, i2 Learning programs have been studied annually by external evaluators from Teachers College, Columbia University and the Education Development Center. Full text of each report is below.

“Overall, across schools, our data reveal that students and teachers found [i2 Learning] activities to be both engaging and interesting. Students reported an increase in their interest in engineering, desire to learn engineering, and their understanding of the importance of engineering, and the connection between engineering and society. On surveys and in focus groups, students reported science and engineering is more interesting than they had thought before the program.”

 

Read the 2016 Education Development Center (EDC) report, evaluating i2 Learning’s in school STEM Week programs, here. (PDF)

 

Read the 2015 Teachers College report, evaluating i2’s program in the Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District, here. (PDF)

 

Read the 2014 Teachers College Evaluation here. (PDF)

 

Read the 2013 Teachers College evaluation here. (PDF)

TESTIMONIALS

SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

“The students did most of the work this week… You are learning how you learn when you are in charge, working together in teams, doing really difficult thinking, and learning really important things about what things you can do with your lives.”

  • Patricia Lampron, Principal Henderson Inclusion School, Dorchester, MA
TEACHER

“i2 has a very unique program that truly instills a passion and enthusiasm for STEM with excellent curriculum and engaging hands-on activities. The students arrived each morning excited to learn, and did not want to leave at the end of the day because they loved the academic exploration and discoveries they were participating in!”

  • Valerie Stephens, i2 Teacher at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School
TEACHER

“As a teacher, I felt invigorated as this literally has been the best week of the school year. For the first time, all students arrived at school with an excitement in their eyes.  They could not wait to hear about the next topic we’d learn about or the challenge they would be facing. The anticipation and curiosity for what we would be learning/doing next was real!”

  • Shantae Toole, Teacher at Trotter Innovation School
TEACHER

“I personally learned so much from the i2 experience. It was a phenomenal professional growth opportunity for me and I feel that it has enhanced my teaching. Just today, I utilized one of our engineering activities with my 5th grade students.”

  • T. Hudick, i2 Teacher at Castilleja School
SCHOOL PRINCIPAL

“I’ve never seen the kids’ eyes light up so much in my entire career… We have some attendance problems, but this week we had 98% attendance. Kids told me they were coming for STEM Week. Now we’re talking about starting all these clubs, dissection club, this club, that club.”

  • Marjorie Soto, Principal at The Hurley K-8 School

TESTIMONIALS

TEACHER & CURRICULUM PROVIDER

“In all my years of being a scientist (including publishing over a dozen papers, earning a Ph.D., etc.)  nothing has been as fulfilling and enjoyable as working at i2.  I cannot begin to say how much it means to know that the students I worked with last week are getting as much out of this experience as I am.”

  •  Jessica Cohen, i2 Teacher and Curriculum Developer
TEACHER

“i2 has a very unique program that truly instills a passion and enthusiasm for STEM with excellent curriculum and engaging hands-on activities. The students arrived each morning excited to learn, and did not want to leave at the end of the day because they loved the academic exploration and discoveries they were participating in!”

  • Valerie Stephens, i2 Teacher at St. Margaret’s Episcopal School
CURRICULUM PROVIDER

“The entire experience has been absolutely fabulous, both in terms of the people at i2 and the process of developing curriculum. It’s not really curriculum development in the traditional sense, and I say that with a long background in classroom and enrichment curriculum development.

 

The i2 team is very open to ideas, and it makes the process so much easier and more fun. We know we essentially have carte blanche to develop the best courses we can. The fact that i2 so rarely says no opens such a realm of possibilities that I haven’t encountered before in my role as a curriculum developer.

 

i2’s focus on activities and fun coupled with a wide variety of content areas means courses can cover a breadth of topics. This is particularly relevant coming from MIT, since it enables us to bring together experts from all over MIT – people who ordinarily wouldn’t work on the same curriculum. That aspect has been extremely exciting.

 

Finally, knowing that we’re creating curriculum for an entire range of geographies, ages and socio-economic backgrounds has been wonderful.

 

Working with i2 makes curriculum development more fun.”

  • Bob Vieth, MIT Edgerton Center
PARENT

“Michelle could not stop talking about the young woman from Google who spoke to the class today!!!! She has been saying she wants to be a makeup artist or an actress and while we try to be supportive of her dreams, she happens to have a natural aptitude for math and this program is doing exactly what we wanted.

 

She is hooked and last night she said ‘I am thinking I am smart enough to work at Google… I am good at Math… now I know what I need to work for.’

 

So THANK YOU!!!!”

  • i2 Parent at Philip’s Academy
TEACHER

“I personally learned so much from the i2 experience. It was a phenomenal professional growth opportunity for me and I feel that it has enhanced my teaching. Just today, I utilized one of our engineering activities with my 5th grade students.”

  • T. Hudick, i2 Teacher at Castilleja School
TEACHER

“I had a phenomenal experience at i2 last summer. Since then, I’ve noticed i2 values – the values incorporated in i2’s programs and mission – everywhere I go.

 

In conversations with administrators and other teachers, we’re always trying to figure out what it means to have a growth versus a fixed mindset, and how we can encourage a growth mindset in our students. i2 does that. i2 gets kids to think outside the box and to collaborate on finding a solution, or sometimes multiple solutions, to a problem. i2 teaches students that intelligence, problem solving and learning are muscles that can be exercised and strengthened.

 

These programs get kids excited – my students didn’t want to go to recess. They were eager to rush back to class. Kids that sometimes feel alienated during the school year were able to find peers interested in the same things they were. They found a space where it’s cool to be into science or math, or to be artistic. i2 catches these kids that may be on the fringe and creates a place where they can thrive.

 

Finally, regarding both the faculty and student body, i2’s programs were diverse in every sense of the word: talents, academic backgrounds, walks of life, gender, privileged students and not so privileged students. A beautiful patchwork of folks from all walks of life.”

 

  • Cyndy Jean, Teacher, Hackley School