Like computer science and programming, math is a polarizing subject. People either like it or they don’t. At least that’s what most people think.
Thankfully, people like Dr. Jo Boaler, a professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, is busy challenging kids and teachers who don’t like math to view it differently.
Jo and her team at YouCubed, a non-profit startup, are busy transforming math education by developing new math teaching methods, lessons and teaching resources for K12 students and their teachers which prepare them for 21st century study, training and careers.
Offering free resources, YouCubed covers math topics often missing from traditional school curriculum such as Data Science. NewTechKids was super stoked to discover that Jo and her team are developing a new high school data science course called ‘Explorations in Data Science’ in collaboration with Google, which will “introduce students to the main ideas in data science through free tools such as Google Sheets, Python, Data Commons and Tableau. Students will learn to be data explorers in project-based units, through which they will develop their understanding of data analysis, sampling, correlation/causation, bias and uncertainty, probability, modeling with data, making and evaluating data-based arguments, the power of data in society, and more!”
You and your child(ren) can take YouCubed’s free online course ‘How to Learn Math‘, YouCubed’s free online course for students which is available in English and Spanish. “This class will give learners of math the information they need to become powerful math learners, it will correct any misconceptions they have about what math is, and it will teach them about their own potential to succeed and the strategies needed to approach math effectively. If you have had past negative experiences with math this will help change your relationship to one that is positive and powerful.”