Search & Rescue Mission: Interdisciplinary STEM project
Listen and learn : Lecture
Tuesday, June 25, 4:15–5:15 pm
James Arleth Wesley Hsu Kristen Koeblin Simon Lau Eduardo Mejia-Saloma Ismail Sadit Heidi Williams Michael Williams
Learn about the Franklin Learning Center's authentic, problem-based challenge that engaged students in STEM careers. Students will demonstrate how they used indoor classroom drones to design a search-and-rescue mission that utilized computational thinking and computer science to put NextGen Science Standards into action.
|Audience:||Coaches, Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers|
|Attendee devices:||Devices not needed|
|Participant accounts, software and other materials:||None|
|Focus:||Digital age teaching & learning|
|Topic:||Project-, problem- and challenge-based learning|
|Subject area:||STEM/STEAM, Computer science|
|ISTE Standards:||For Students:
|Additional detail:||Student presentation, ISTE author presentation|
* Teachers will understand how computer science can be used as a foundation to teach (or reinforce) other subject areas to inspire the participants to be innovative designers.
* Teachers will understand the importance of computational thinking and how the decomposition of a problem and the analysis of data to improve algorithmic thinking (abstraction) can help students understand complex systems (Newton's Laws) in action.
*Teachers will be able to apply strategies that intentionally encourage students (specifically targeting female and minorities) to pursue interests in STEM related careers. These resources are currently being developed by NCWIT.
Educational or infrastructure challenge/situation.
*Finding the time for the important task of collaborating on curriculum content among teachers.
Technology intervention. Include specific names/titles and descriptions if tools are not widely known and available.
*CoDrones by Robolink
Models employed. Include a brief description.
*Constructivist model of learning
*Computational Thinking (Decomposition, Pattern Recognition, Algorithm Design, and Abstraction)
Lesson plans or instructional activities/strategies employed.
*All lesson plans and strategies will be listed on our URL link previously provided. This page will include:
**Pre/Post assessment on computational thinking and content standards.
*Formative assessment - checkpoints
*Teacher lesson plans & student resources (differentiated graphic organizers, data collection tools, rubrics, etc...)
Evidence of success.
*Data on student computational thinking skills (growth of), as well as growth on state content standards, will be included in the presentation.
Introductions by Heidi Williams (5 minutes)
Design Thinking by James Arleth - Teacher from Franklin Learning (15 min) *Discuss the design and journey of the curriculum.
Computational Thinkers - students from Franklin Learning (15 min) *Discuss how they decomposed their problem, analyzed their data, and made improvements to successfully complete their mission. They will also discuss what they learned about Newton's Laws.
Demo - flying of CoDrones with Audience participation by Wes Hsu (15 min) *Selected participants will fly the Rescue Mission designed by the students.
Q&A - facilitated by Heidi Williams (10-15 min) done while a few more participants are flying the CoDrones.
*Computational Thinking in K–12: A Review of the State of the Field - Shuchi Grover, Roy Pea, 2013
*Finding a Home for CS Ed in Schools of Ed: Priming the CS Teacher Pump Report Released: funded by NSF grant number 1636881
**Leigh Ann Delyser, CSforALL
**Joanna Goode, University of Oregon
**Mark Guzdial, Georgia Institute of Technology
**Yasmin Kafai, University of Pennsylvania
**Aman Yadav, Michigan State University
**Creative Coding: Lessons and Strategies to Integrate Computer Science Across the 6-8 Curriculum: Caldwell
**Computational Thinking and Coding for Every Student: The Teacher’s Getting-Started Guide: Krauss & Prottsman
Heidi Williams is a passionate coding and computational thinking advocate. She has over 25 years of experience in education including 17 years as a 6-8th grade teacher, 6 years as an instructional and technology coach, and 5 years as a K-8 administrator. Williams has shared her passion for integrating coding into the curriculum at local, state, regional and national conferences, and many have leveraged her expertise for conference presentations, professional development and curriculum alignment. She currently works part-time at Marquette University as a Computer Science Curriculum Specialist. Visit: nofearcoding.org for a wealth of resources.