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Engineering Fairy Tales: Computational Thinking and Engineering Design in Early Childhood Education

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Participate and share : Poster

Tuesday, June 25, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 24

Christian Cloud   Nancy Reinhard  
Explore computer science and engineering through a literacy curriculum, specifically the use of fairy tales. Discuss the problems characters face, perspective and how to engineer a solution. Some activities include lashing sticks to build a bridge, coding Goldilocks and building a better home for three little pigs.

Audience: Teachers, Principals/head teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Early childhood/elementary
Grade level: PK-2
Subject area: Language arts, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Coaches:
Visionary Leadership
  • Implement strategies for initiating and sustaining technology innovations and manage the change process in schools and classrooms.
For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.
For Educators:
  • Design authentic learning activities that align with content area standards and use digital tools and resources to maximize active, deep learning.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of our presentation is to allow teachers to rethink their current curriculum in an effort to integrate more technology. We want each participant to reexamine all of their current curricula through the Engineering Design Process and Computational Thinking frameworks.

Supporting research

Engineering Encounters: An Engineering Design Process for Early Childhood By: Pamela Lottero-Perdue, Michelle Bowditch, Michelle Kagan, Linda Robinson-Cheek, Tedra Webb, Megan Meller, and Theresa Nosek

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Christian Cloud, The Episcopal Academy

My passion is technology and I want to help educators integrate technology into their classrooms. With a strong foundation in Reading, Writing, and Literacy and School Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, I approach technology as a tool to achieve an educational goal, not the magic pill that solves everything.

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Nancy Reinhard, The Episcopal Academy

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