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Computer Science Made Practical - Simple Box Projects Illustrate Everyday Physical Computing

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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 21

Roger Wagner  
The world is now filled with computationally-enabled devices, from traffic lights and thermostats to automatic door openers and self-driving cars. See how students can get a first-hand understanding of the everyday "smart" objects in their world and make computer science more relevant and less abstract.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Computer science and computational thinking
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Computational Thinker
  • Students understand how automation works and use algorithmic thinking to develop a sequence of steps to create and test automated solutions.
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.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Attendees will see examples of student-created curriculum-based physical- digital projects that demonstrate the principles used in many everyday computationally-enabled devices around them, from something as simple as an automatic outside light to an intelligent traffic light.

These project models have been chosen by educators and shared at state-level and national conferences in including CUE, ICE, SITE, NTLS and others.

Supporting research

This is a new strand and approach to both computational thinking and computer science that has been pioneered and developed by the presenter. The presenter was an invited spotlight speaker at the National Technology Leadership Summit (NTLS) in Washington, D.C., the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education (SITE), and the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

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Roger Wagner, HyperDuino MakerBit

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