CAST - Computation and Science for Teachers introduces computational reasoning and computational tools into the high school math and science curriculum. PSC and its partners are creating the CAST Professional Development Program, an integrated set of modules to train teachers on how to incorporate computational reasoning and tools such as modeling and simulation into their curriculum. The first set of modules present a complete program on how to USE models and simulations in the classroom. A second set will focus on how to CREATE models and simulations. All instructional materials will be available on the CAST website. CAST is a joint program of PSC, along with the Maryland Virtual High School and the Western PA Math&Science Collaborative.
CMIST - Computational Modules in Science Teaching brings innovative science tutorials into secondary school classrooms, focusing on integrative computational biology, physiology, and biophysics. CMIST modules include high quality, realistic 3-D animations produced with cutting-edge simulation and visualization software. CMIST subject material is chosen to highlight critical concepts that are difficult to convey with static textbook images and words; for example, cellular transport of molecules by diffusion and osmosis, or the structure and function of enzymes in cells. Specific modules are introduced in 2-hour workshops throughout the school year. CMIST materials and movies are available on the CMIST website. CMIST is a program of the Biomedical Applications Group at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center.
BEST - Better Educators of Science for Tomorrow exposes teachers to modern molecular biology concepts, by incorporating computational biology and bioinformatics into high school curriculum. BEST also prepares teachers to introduce their students to emerging and exciting biomedical careers. Beginning as a pilot program in May 2007, BEST worked with local high school teachers to create a curriculum incorporating inquiry based bioinformatics and inquiry based teaching in southwestern Pennsylvania. This curriculum is currently being piloted in 5 area schools.
CompEx - Computation Exploration is a high performance computing teaching module designed to be incorporated into existing curricula in high school computer science classrooms. This program teaches high school students the basics of parallel programming and guides them through the development of their own parallel programs.
CI JumpStart - Introduces computational science and high performance computing to high school and undergraduate students. Instructional materials and exercises are available on the CI JumpStart website. Workshops can be held at the school, or at PSC.
For Students, Parents and Educators
SAFE-Net - Safety Awareness For Everyone on the Net focuses on raising the awareness of students, parents, and educators about cyber threats, measures of protection, and cyber ethics. The SAFE-Net web site provides materials to teach parents, teachers and students about cyber security issues. Awareness workshops are also available.
Science Fairs Resource – PSC and 3ROX encourages middle and high-school students competing in their local of regional science fairs to consider projects that use computational thinking and tools. Resources and more information are available on the PSC science fair resource page.
Job Shadows – PSC and 3ROX provides opportunities for high school student to job shadow members of the PSC and 3ROX staff. Given the broad expertise of the PSC staff, job shadows are available in the areas of Information Technology, Computational Science as well as Administrative and Financial Services.