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Countdown to the Classroom - Education of Tomorrow, Today

Countdown Institute is a Miami-based education startup using context based learning to teach computer science and programming. We use real life examples in the context of space exploration to teach these principles.

One of our founders, Ajit Jaokar, teaches machine learning and IoT at Oxford University in UK. Ajit recently worked with 400 computer science teachers to develop curriculum changes in Europe. Countdown Institute's... more »
Who are you?

Countdown Institute teaches computer science and coding using context-based learning. We offer experiential learning opportunities for kids age 10-18.
Our first program, Code in Space uses the context of space exploration using an ArduSat satellite.

How does this project impact the issue you selected?

Our educational approach is two-fold. First, we use the context-based learning approach shown to be effective for science curriculum. Second, we are developing Countdown to the Classroom to not only bring the educational approach to our students, we are training the teachers as we do so.

The course will be taught by our faculty with the teacher shadowing and assisting in the process. Our teaching the teacher method is our lasting community benefit.

What data points from The Our Miami Report does your project address?

Our Miami Report reveals the following needs:
- Effective teachers most important factor in furthering student achievement,
- M-D County has a high rate of qualified teachers, but lower than US, and
- Availability of instructional resources an important contributor to quality of school.

We address by:
- Context based curriculum based on space exploration,
- Use of affordable open source platforms, and
- Integrated teacher training into our curriculum to have a long lasting impact.

Please give examples of your project's success.

Our first parent response to our program was that this experience was why they moved to Miami. While not all of our citizens have the ability to choose where to live, we all benefit by retaining and attracting talented parents in Miami. Most important of all, we raise the educational standards for all in Miami by improving our schools.

One founder leads efforts to transform computer science curriculum in Europe. Countdown is a Miami startup expanding in Florida and to UK and Dubai in 2015.

Organization Name (or individuals name) Countdown Institute


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