Tag Archives: Computational thinking

EXP: Readily Available Learning Experiences: Turning the Entire Web into Progressive Examples to Bridge Conceptual Knowledge Gaps for Novice Web Developers

9/01/2017-8/31/2020 PI: Haoqi Zhang, Eleanor O’Rourke Northwestern University Award Details Computing is changing our world, and there is an urgent need to train large numbers of professional developers to meet the demands of our nation’s economy. While it is relatively easy to learn basic computing concepts, acquiring the conceptual knowledge and problem-solving skills of professional […]

EXP: Automatically Synthesizing Valid, Personalized, Formative Assessments of CS1 Concepts

9/01/2017-08/31/2020 PI: Andrew Ko University of Washington Award Details Millions of people worldwide are trying to learn to code in schools, colleges, universities, and online. To do so successfully, they need significant practice and meaningful feedback that responds to their specific confusions and builds upon the knowledge they already have. Unfortunately, good practice content is […]

The cognitive and neural mechanisms of computer programming in young children: storytelling or solving puzzles?

8/01/2017-7/31/2019 PIs: Marina Bers, Tufts University (Award Details) Evelina Fedorenko, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Award Details) Research and policy changes over the recent years have brought a newfound focus on STEM for young children. Policy decisions regarding how and when to introduce computer science education would benefit from additional data. This project will investigate the […]

EAGER: Teaching Computational Thinking through Programming Wearable Devices as Finite State Machines

12/1/16-11/30/18 PIs: Ivon Arroyo, Kathryn Fisler, Erin Ottmar Worcester Polytechnic Institute Award Details This research project will use cell phone technology and SmartWatches to train middle school students in public schools in computational thinking and mathematics, by having children create such augmented reality games with math related challenges. This new genre of embodied technologies (mobile […]

EXP: Linking Eye Movements with Visual Attention to Enhance Cyberlearning

8/15/16-7/31/18 PIs: Daniel Levin, Adriane Seiffert, Gautam Biswas Vanderbilt University Award Details Although hardware and software solutions are rapidly advancing the ability to detect and track cyberlearners’ eye movements, the scientific understanding of the link between these eye movements and actual learning remains tentative. This issue is particularly important because research demonstrates surprising limits to […]

EXP: Data-Driven Support for Novice Programmers

9/1/16-8/31/19 PIs: Tiffany Barnes, Min Chi North Carolina State University Award Details The researchers in this project will study fully data-driven systems to provide both scalable and individualized support for learners. Open-ended, media-rich visual programming environments such as Scratch and Snap represent the next-generation genre for engaging and inspiring students to learn programming. However, solving […]

CAREER: Designing a New Nexus: Examining the Social Construction of Electronics and Computing Toolkits to Broaden Participation and Deepen Learning

PI: Kylie Peppler Indiana University Award Details The persistently lopsided gender makeup of computer and information science programs in US universities and colleges suggests that the gender gap in computing education is still obstinately wide. Despite several national initiatives to diversify participation in STEM fields, the underlying culture of computing education remains relatively stagnant, with […]

Track 2: CS10K: BJC-STARS: Scaling CS Principles through STARS community & leadership development

PI: Tiffany Barnes North Carolina State University Award Details North Carolina State University proposes BJC-STARS, a CS10K proposal to broaden access to computing education through engaging colleges and universities to prepare and support regional communities of high school teachers to teach the Beauty and Joy of Computing (BJC) Computer Science Principles course. The effort leverages […]

EXP: Understanding Computational Thinking Process and Practices in Open-Ended Programming Environments

PIs: Shuchi Grover, Marie Bienkowski, John Stamper SRI International Award Details This project brings together two approaches to help K-12 students learn programming and computer science: open-ended learning environments, and computer-based learning analytics, to help create a setting where youth can get help and scaffolding tailored to what they know about programming without having to […]