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Foundation C.M.A.

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The Foundation C.M.A. replaced partner AMSTEL Institute of Universiteit van Amsterdam, which stopped its participation in the ICT for IST project at the end of February 2011.

The Foundation Centre for Microcomputer Applications (CMA) has been established in 1987 in Amsterdam. CMA has as main goals to enrich science and technology education with innovative and attractive ICT products and to stimulate the use of ICT in education. Furthermore CMA aims to contribute in general to science education by a variety of activities. A main focus always has been the enabling of science education that stimulates active roles by the students in research-kind of activities.

Since 1987 CMA has developed hard-and software solutions for science education, curriculum materials and developed and delivered training for teachers (both pre-service as in-service). The main product line is the Coach learning and authoring environment, consisting of the software package Coach and hardware (interfaces, sensors and actuators) for measurement and control. Coach software has also extensive possibilities for modeling, video measurements, animations, data processing and analysis.

In The Netherlands CMA has acted a long time as the expert center of the Dutch Ministry of Education for the integration of ICT in the curricula and learning processes of science education at secondary school level. Internationally staff of CMA has participated in EC-projects, and CMA’s solutions for science education are applied in many countries and therefore available in most European languages. For the innovative character and the quality of its products, CMA has received wide recognition, for instance the European Academic Software Award in 2002, and twice the WorldDidac Award (1998, 2010).

All of CMA’s staff has a longtime experience in science education, as well as researchers, curriculum developers and teacher trainers. They all have a background in science, and worked for Universities.


People involved: Ewa Kędzierska, Ton Ellermeijer

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