Computational Thinking in STEM from Preschool to High School: Research and Practice
Participate and share : Interactive lecture
Tuesday, June 25, 4:45–5:45 pm
Chad Dorsey Dr. Sarah Haavind Nicole Hutchins Mollie Levin
Learn how to integrate computational thinking and modeling into math and science from three innovative NSF projects. See how students across the grades develop strategies for understanding and solving problems in a way that leverages the power of technological methods to experiment, make, develop, and test solutions.
|Audience:||Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Teacher education/higher ed faculty|
|Attendee devices:||Devices useful|
|Attendee device specification:||Laptop: Mac, PC
|Focus:||Digital age teaching & learning|
|Topic:||Computer science and computational thinking|
|Subject area:||Math, Science|
|ISTE Standards:||For Students:
Computational thinking (CT) can be integrated into STEM instruction in authentic ways to engage students. New approaches are being developed under three innovative National Science Foundation projects that integrate computational thinking practices into in K-12 education. Participants will become familiar with new ways to integrate CT into classroom instruction and gain insight into how technology can support that integration.
WGBH, the Education Development Center (EDC), and Kentucky Educational Television (KET) have teamed up to explore the integration of computational thinking into math instruction in rural and urban preschools. The team will share prototype hands-on activities and digital tablet apps that have been iteratively developed to investigate children's CT learning and teachers' CT understanding. The team will also share videos that have been coded to help identify what CT looks like in the preschool classroom.
Members of the Concord Consortium will show how digital IoT sensors, hands-on experiments with plants, and open source data analysis tools can bring authentic data and computational thinking into biology classes with the NSF InSPECT project. Using InSPECT activities, teachers can teach both NGSS practices as well as address computational thinking practices concurrently.
Nicole Hutchins from Vanderbilt University will share an approach to combining computational models and simulations with embedded assessments for a high school physics curriculum. Experiments in high school classrooms have demonstrated synergistic learning of physics and computational thinking concepts and practices.
Total Session 60 minutes:
2 minutes - Introduction and welcome to session
10 minute - Talk 1: Computational thinking in PreK Math
10 minute - Talk 2: Computational thinking in middle and high school physics
10 minutes - Talk 3: Computational thinking in high school biology
8 minutes - Q/ A with audience.
20 minutes - Participants visit tables with sample materials, laptops running software or videos, talk to members of the team to ask specific questions and interact.
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Mollie Levin, M.A. is a Senior Project Manager, Early Childhood at WGBH. Her current projects include overseeing the development of educational materials using an inclusive, participatory approach, and revitalizing an early childhood initiative that focuses on supporting intergenerational learning. Her previous experience includes producing STEM apps for preschoolers at WGBH, as well as researching and developing new coding technologies for early childhood settings at the DevTech Research Group at Tufts University. Mollie received both her Master’s Degree and Bachelor’s Degree from the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University.