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Computational Thinking — Going Unplugged !

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Explore and create : Creation lab

Dr. Grace Sanvictores  
Michelle Velho  

Computational thinking is not only the heart of computer science but required for everyday life. Come join us as we explore unplugged activities such as: Guess the Number — Understanding binary. Listen to Me — Importance of communication. Sort It Out — Introduction to AI. Crack the Code — Introduction to biochemistry. Detective Miro — Pattern recognition.

Audience: Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Computer science & computational thinking
Grade level: PK-5
Subject area: Computer science, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Computational Thinker
  • Students collect data or identify relevant data sets, use digital tools to analyze them, and represent data in various ways to facilitate problem-solving and decision-making.
Creative Communicator
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.
Global Collaborator
  • Students contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

During this presentation, we will share with participants how we have been able to integrate Computational Thinking in different curricular areas.
The activities will cover different subject areas and will appeal to different types of learners.


Activities will be unplugged and will include
Guess the number - understanding binary and how how zeros and ones can be used to represent information
Listen to me - Importance of communicating clearly
Sort it Out - An introduction to AI
Crack the code - Introduction to biochemistry and genetic
Go fish - A coordinate game
Detective Miro - Decoding and pattern recognition
Create a Bongard Puzzles

Each activity will take 5-15 minutes

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Dr. Grace Sanvictores, Hudson Montessori School

Dr Grace Sanvictores is a certified K-8 education teacher who was employed by the Jersey City District Public Schools for eight years. She holds a Master’s degree in Supervision and Administration in Education, a National STEM certified teacher, and is a recent doctoral graduate from Saint Peter’s University. Her dissertation focused on STEM integration and implementation.

Michelle Velho, Hudson Montessori School

Michelle is a Nationally STEM certified, STEAM educator and curriculum coordinator at Hudson Montessori. She is passionate about providing students with interdisciplinary and integrated STEM/ STEAM learning experiences. One of the focuses of her work is introducing young students to Computational thinking Strategies using unplugged activities. She recently completed the ISTE-GM Artificial Intelligence Explorations in K-12 School Environments program course.

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