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Literature and Computational Thinking: They Do Compute!

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Wednesday, June 27, 8:30–9:30 am
Location: W194b

Dr. Kristin Brynteson   Gillian King-Cargile  
Northern Illinois University's STEM Read explores STEM through popular fiction books. This year, we’re exploring computational thinking and pathways to cybercareers. Come play our latest challenges and see how you can use amazing books to hack into the hearts and minds of even the hardest to reach students.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS, Windows
Participant accounts, software and other materials: None
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Computer science and computational thinking
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students know and use a deliberate design process for generating ideas, testing theories, creating innovative artifacts or solving authentic problems.
  • Students develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process.
Computational Thinker
  • Students break problems into component parts, extract key information, and develop descriptive models to understand complex systems or facilitate problem-solving.
Related exhibitors: Northern Illinois University

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Northern Illinois University's STEM Read explores STEM through popular fiction books. We create games, lesson plans, and other open educational resources that you can use to hook ravenous and reluctant learners. This year, we’re exploring computational thinking and pathways to cyber careers with great books like M.T. Anderson’s Feed, Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, and Kate Hannigan’s The Detective’s Assistant. Come play some of our latest challenges and see how you can use amazing books to hack into the hearts and minds of even the hardest to reach students.

Northern Illinois University’s STEM Read helps readers increase their knowledge of STEM concepts and their enthusiasm for reading and learning while integrating the language arts, math, and new science standards. We select popular fiction books with a basis in science, technology, engineering, or math. Then we work with experts to create and deliver live events, videos, and online games and resources that explore the science behind the fiction. In the past year, our program has impacted thousands of people both online and throughout the region.
Our most impactful events are interactive field trips that allow students to visit NIU, meet a best-selling author, learn from math, science, and technology experts, and participate in live-action, real-world STEM challenges based on a popular book. During this session, STEM Read will introduce educators to our unique philosophy on introducing STEM concepts aligned to the new standards through popular fiction and engage students in a mind-blowing STEM-based activity.

Participants will
- work collaboratively to complete challenges designed to promote computational thinking,
- explore the NIU STEM Read Philosophy,
- discuss strategies for implementation.

Outline

-Overview of STEM Read and our resources (10 min)
-Hacking the Feed (10 min)
- Cyber Security Challenge based on M.T. Anderson's Feed (10 min)
-To Feed or Not to Feed - Ethics and Art Challenge (10 min)
-Resources and Tips for Book-Based Challenges (10 min)
- Q&A (10 min)

Supporting research

http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/science-fiction-stem-engagement-technology.shtml
Avraamidou, Lucy, and Jonathan Osborne. "The role of narrative in communicating science." International Journal of Science Education 31.12 (2009): 1683-1707.
Glynn, Shawn M., and K. Denise Muth. "Reading and writing to learn science: Achieving scientific literacy." Journal of research in science teaching 31.9 (1994): 1057-1073.
Dubeck, Leroy W., et al. "Science fiction aids science teaching." The Physics Teacher 28.5 (1990): 316-318.
https://www.edutopia.org/blog/stem-and-writing-super-combination-heather-wolpert-gawron
Gee, Elisabeth, Kelly Tran, Earl Aguilera, Casper Harteveld, Gillian Smith, Jacqueline Barnes, Yetunde Folajimi, Carolee Stewart-Gardiner, and Stephanie Eordanidis. "Using Games to Teach Computer Science Concepts."

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Presenters

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Dr. Kristin Brynteson, Northern Illinois University
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Gillian King-Cargile, Northern Illinois University

Gillian King-Cargile is the founder and director of NIU’s STEM Read, a program that introduces young readers to the science, technology, engineering, and math concepts behind popular fiction books. She earned her B.A. in film production and M.F.A. in creative writing from SIU. She also coordinates the Science Fiction Writing Competition and directs NIU’s Creative Writing summer day camp for middle school students. Gillian is interested in developing and nurturing local and national literary communities and creating connections between university experts, community professionals, and learners of all ages.

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