Project Córdoba

an Excel add-in

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Project Córdoba powers Excel to stream and visualize data from physical computing devices in real time. When combined with a collection of worksheets customized for middle school students, Excel brings to life the data behind scientific principles. It also opens the emerging world of IoT to the classroom and helps educators meet the NGSS and ISTE requirements for data science.

Meet the team

Education Workshop, Excel, Rose Hill Middle School, Tyee Middle School, Tesla STEM School
"Can Excel, IoT, and everyday objects modernize STEM learning around the globe?"
Karon Weber

Garage Team

Ankur Anand, Matt Becker, Michael Braun, James Burke, Karen Chappell, Arlo Emerson, Jason Ewert, Sam Radakovitz, Izzy Starr, Johnnie Thomas, Allie Wells, David Myka, Federico Zannier, Karon Weber

Education Workshop, Excel, Rose Hill Middle School, Tyee Middle School, Tesla STEM School

Bellevue and Redmond, WA

Backstory

There is a pedagogical shift happening globally in K-12 education. Teachers are engaging their students with hands-on learning activities that allow them to understand how knowledge can be applied to solve real world problems. Rather than just memorizing information, students are encouraged to develop 21st century technical skills and apply them to their everyday lives. While maker spaces are popping up in communities globally, they represent a very small part of the opportunity that project-based learning can bring to 21st century students. Our “hacked’ version of Excel began as demo in support of Microsoft’s commitment to Computer Science for All.

Our goal was to craft an inquiry and project-based activity that embeds computational and design thinking into existing middle school curriculum. By designing scientific measuring instruments made from everyday objects and connecting them to Excel to visualize the data, we illustrated how to democratize STEM education by making Excel approachable, affordable and fun. During Microsoft’s global hackathon, The Education Workshop partnered with two local middle school STEM teachers, two high school students, and three extremely passionate Excel engineers to develop a prototype to share with classrooms worldwide.