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Title: Scaffolding Middle School Children’s Coding Experiences in an Open-Ended Social Robotics Program
Authors: Ibtasar, Rabia
Joseph, Sylvia
Athar, Sarah
Michaelis, Joseph E.
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: 2023
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Ibtasar, R., Joseph, S., Athar, S., & Michaelis, J. E. (2023). Scaffolding middle school children’s coding experiences in an open-ended social robotics program. In Blikstein, P., Van Aalst, J., Kizito, R., & Brennan, K. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 17th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2023 (pp. 1122-1125). International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: Social robots and collaborative open-ended learning may help expand perceptions of computing and develop computational thinking to build skill and interest in Computer Science. We designed pre-programming activities to scaffold middle school children’s learning in a collaborative and open-ended social robotics program. In this work, we report on how this scaffolding influenced children's computational thinking and perceptions of computing by describing children's experiences in the program. We conclude with theoretical and practical implications of these results.
Description: Short Paper
Appears in Collections:ISLS Annual Meeting 2023

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