Callysto is a free interactive learning platform. It has been designed to help Canadian students develop their computational thinking skills across a broad range of subjects: from math and science, to humanities and literature.
Callysto was developed as part of the nationally-funded CanCode program by two Canadian organizations dedicated to digital education and infrastructure: Cybera and the Pacific Institute for Mathematical Sciences (PIMS). The goal of CanCode is to provide students with the coding and digital skills needed to compete in tomorrow’s workplace.
At the heart of the Callysto platform is Jupyter, a web-based open technology that enables a broad suite of data analytics capabilities on any device with a web browser and an internet connection (no software downloads required). Jupyter is being introduced to the grade school audience to help teachers and students easily:
- Analyze open data sets (including weather reports, government statistics, NASA satellite readings, etc)
- Create data visualizations
- Easily incorporate math expressions
- Learn to code (in a variety of languages like Python)
- Introduce elements of computational thinking to non-computer scientists
- Share and assess their work
Callysto’s development team is continually developing curriculum-based modules and hosting workshops for grades 5-12 teachers to make effective use of this tool
Any teacher interested in learning more is welcome to contact us for more details.
About the Organizers
Cybera is a not-for-profit technology-neutral organization responsible for driving Alberta’s economic growth through the use of digital technology. Its core role is to oversee the development and operations of Alberta’s cyberinfrastructure — the advanced system of networks and computers that keeps government, educational institutions, not-for-profits, business incubators and entrepreneurs at the forefront of technological change.
Working with government, education, and private sectors, Cybera is creating a community that champions vital networking and computing services and utilities for everyone, everywhere. We also provide member organizations with unbiased, highly skilled expertise on technology products, processes or services, and access to shared IT tools.
The Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences (PIMS) is a collaborative network dedicated to the promotion of discovery, understanding and awareness in the mathematical sciences. PIMS brings together leading researchers from major Universities across western Canada, as well as the University of Washington, and is a Unité Mixte Internationale of the National Center for Scientific Research (Le Centre national de la recherche scientifique,CNRS).
PIMS sponsors and organizes educational and community outreach, aboriginal math camps, and summer schools for both teachers and students, as well as initiatives to promote diversity in mathematics, partnerships that bring mathematical research to industry, cutting edge mathematical and scientific research, and events across the PIMS network that promote advancement in computer science, pure and applied mathematics, and statistics.
The CanCode program, managed by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, will invest $50 million over two years, starting in 2017-18, to support initiatives providing educational opportunities for coding and digital skills development to Canadian youth from kindergarten to grade 12 (K-12). It also supports initiatives that provide K-12 teachers with the training and professional development they need to introduce digital skills, coding and related concepts into the classroom.
The program aims to equip youth, including traditionally underrepresented groups, with the skills and study incentives they need to be prepared for the jobs of today and the future. Canada’s success in the digital economy depends on leveraging our diverse talent and providing opportunity for all to participate—investing in digital skills development will help to achieve this.