Computational thinking plays an increasingly important role in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Yet, many high school students never encounter computational thinking in their day-to-day coursework. Our project develops computational thinking activities that can be embedded in existing high school STEM courses (CT-STEM).
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- Developing and testing 60 CT activities that can be embedded in existing high school STEM courses
- Conducting summer professional development workshops and ongoing Saturday coaching sessions to prepare and support 30 pilot teachers testing our CT activities in their STEM classrooms
- Engaging over 1000 high-school students across 14 schools in CT activities
- Rigorous evaluation studies will document the CT learning and attitudinal gains for both teachers and students and provide evidence for the success of our embedded CT approach
- Impacting a broad cross-section of students, including under-represented groups
- Creating a pipeline to the new AP CS Principles course
- Addressing the new computational thinking and modeling requirements in the NGSS
- By engaging students with CT activities embedded in their STEM courses, we seek to gradually increase the interest and appeal of CT by casting a wide net.
- Advancing understanding of how to engage a broad population of high-school students and teachers in CT with the goal of fundamentally transforming the way in which students are exposed to CT in high school.
- By incorporating the embedded-CT activities into standard STEM courses, we seek to impact the broadest cross-section of student populations, including those from traditionally underrepresented groups in CS, and more effectively recruit students into our full-year CT course, creating a pipeline to the new AP CS Principles course, and perhaps a future CT career trajectory.
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