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Creating STEAM Projects Through the Design Thinking Process

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Wednesday, December 2, 3:00–4:00 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Rohya Prudhomme  
Renee Sanchez  
Michelle Swensson  

Learn how to create STEAM projects by engaging in computational thinking with an emphasis on block-based programming through the design thinking process.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers, Professional developers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Computer science & computational thinking
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: STEM/STEAM, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Innovative Designer
  • Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this session is to empower participants to create STEAM Projects by engaging in computational thinking with an emphasis on block based programming through the design thinking process. We want all participants to walk away with the tools and a thinking process to be able to apply these skills to create Computer Science integrated projects for any academic content areas to showcase their learning. Participants will also have opportunities to learn about one elementary school’s approach to teaching Computer Science Education during school hours so that all students have access to these learning experiences.

Supporting research

These are all ideas explores in Scratch in Practice (MIT Mitch Resnik)
Scratch in Practice:

Creative Computing Curriculum (Scratch 3.0):

Raspberry Pi:

CS First:

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Rohya Prudhomme, Los Angeles Unified School District
Renee Sanchez, Los Angeles Unified School District
Michelle Swensson, LAUSD

Hello, My name is Michelle Choi Swensson. I am an Instructional Technology Facilitator in Los Angeles, CA. I am passionate about teaching and integrating Computer Science Concepts into core content for all students. I firmly believe that Computer Science Education needs to start in elementary schools. I am also a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator, Google Certified Trainer, and CS for All Teachers Community Ambassador.

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