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Title: Computational Thinking in Middle School Science
Authors: Bradford, Allison
Gerard, Libby
Lim-Breitbart, Jonathan
Miller, Jadda
Linn, Marcia
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2022
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Bradford, A., Gerard, L., Lim-Breitbart, J., Miller, J., & Linn, M. (2022). Computational thinking in middle school science. In Chinn, C., Tan, E., Chan, C., & Kali, Y. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 16th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2022 (pp. 839-846). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: We designed a lesson about Urban Heat Islands (UHI) that features Snap! programming challenges. The lesson is designed to enable students to leverage their computational and scientific understanding synergistically to further their learning in each area. The lesson also features fictitious automated college student mentors to enhance students’ sense of belonging as they engage in the programming challenges. We report on students’ level of success with three increasingly complex programming challenges as well as their level of understanding of how UHI occur after completing the challenges. We also provide brief case studies to illustrate how students used their scientific knowledge to debug their code and solve the challenges. Despite varied success with the challenges, most students were able to demonstrate an understanding of UHI. Many reported feeling interested and nervous when starting the programming challenges and shared they did not feel alone after engaging with the college student mentors.
Description: Long Paper
Appears in Collections:ISLS Annual Meeting 2022

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