Bioscience

MIT adapts free online STEM courses for high schools

December 13, 2007

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: eSchool News staff and wire service reports] — The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has created a new web site with free online resources that aim to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) instruction at the high school level. “Highlights for High School,” which builds on MIT’s OpenCourseWare (OCW) initiative, is designed to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists and to serve as a valuable tool for high school teachers. OCW publishes educational materials under an open license that encourages their reuse, redistribution, and modification for noncommercial purposes.

“Strength in K-12 math and science will be increasingly important for America if the nation is to continue to lead the innovation economy,” said Susan Hockfield, MIT president.

“Highlights for High School will provide students and teachers with innovative tools to supplement their math and science studies,” Hockfield added. “We hope it will inspire students to reach beyond their required class work to explore more advanced material through OCW and also might encourage them to pursue careers in science and engineering.” [Note: To read the full article, click here. To visit the MIT website, click here.]