Dassault Systèmes US Foundation grants CCR for Computer Science course extension

The Center for Curriculum Redesign (CCR) is pleased to announce it has received generous funding from the Dassault Systèmes US Foundation to develop a new module on 3D design and innovation for its “4-Dimensional Computer Science (“4DCS”) courseware, aimed at assisting high school teachers and students.   

The 4DCS courseware squarely aims at economic development for all jurisdictions, as it is the only profession that can participate in a global economy without having to be uprooted from one’s location, and necessitates only a low investment in adequate computer and Internet connectivity. The graduates’ outcomes include the following:

  • Computer Science 2- or 4-year college
  • Non-Computer Science college
    •  Including Computer Science Teacher, which are in extremely short supply worldwide
  • Certifications
  • Vocational Education
  • Entrepreneur (start-up)
  • Self-employed consultant
  • Employable by organization

4DCS is unique in that it offers a best-in-class-worldwide coverage that is focused on both employability and equity:

  • Exceptional and yearly-updated content (broad and deep)
  • Explicitly builds Skills and Character (social/emotional)
  • Deliberately weaves in Entrepreneurship
  • Develops student identity, agency, and purpose

It is also focused on Teachers’ professional development:  4DCS offers online live and on-demand training to span the entire curriculum and full breadth of teaching strategies that are essential for effectively teaching computer science. In addition to a guarantee of becoming classroom-ready to teach 4DCS, CCR offers micro-credentials for all areas of the content and requisite Skills, Character and Meta-Learning abilities.

Al Bunshaft, President, Dassault Systèmes US Foundationstated: “We are excited to have CCR working to deliver a new curriculum, one which introduces students to 3D and uses virtual universes to more actively engage learners in science and engineering topics. Through these experiences, students will be better prepared for careers across a range of industries.”

Charles Fadel, founder of the CCR, added: “Computer Science is unique in that it allows for relatively high wages to be earned almost anywhere around the world, and participate in a global economy without uprooting individuals.  The challenge is to train teachers and students to excel, to avoid delocalization through commodification”

La Fondation Dassault Systèmes® was set up by Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company and world leader in 3D design software. La Fondation is actively contributing to transforming the learning experience by offering academic and research institutions opportunities to leverage the power of experience to learn better and faster by transforming the way people interact with, and discover, the world around them.

The CCR is a non-profit global organization dedicated to improving education and openly propagating its recommendations and frameworks on a worldwide basis, via answering this question: “What should students learn for the 21st century?”. The CCR’s focus on relevance in education brings together international organizations, jurisdictions, academic institutions, corporations, and non-profit organizations including foundations. For more information, please visit curriculumredesign.org or contact the CCR at: info@curriculumredesign.org.