The Impact of Education Research

The Impact of Education Research


So the, our Engineering is Elementary project has introduced young elementary aged kids to engineering, and, engaged them in an engineering designed challenge. And to date, we’ve reached about 10 million children, and a hundred and ten thousand teachers nation-wide. So technology has that advantage, that it can really impact at scale. So for our project, that interactive simulations are a hundred and thirty-two simulations are used more than a hundred million times a year, all around the world, and are available in over eighty languages and are reaching kids from elementary through college. What brings smile, or what brings pride to me is, the fact that, the impact I have now is on lives of people. Meaning, we are able to create carrier pathways, we are able to create ladders of opportunities that could not have been done had I stayed being simply a traditional engineering research faculty. I think both, in terms of defining impact, I mean both reach and empirical evidence of impact are both really important. So, we want well tested interventions that we have some evidence that they work. We want those to be really rolled out and scaled up to reach as many students and teachers as possible. On the other hand, and this often occurs, that a smaller scale level, we want to be generating innovative ideas that, for which we can actually obtain some evidence of impact as well.

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