Computational Thinking

National Science Foundation - Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Program Solicitation

ITEST is a program that promotes PreK-12 student interests and capacities to participate in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. To achieve this objective, ITEST supports the development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies for engaging students in experiences that: 


NSF Computer Science for All (CSforAll:RPP) Researcher Practitioner Partnerships

This program aims to provide all U.S. students the opportunity to participate in computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) education in their schools at the preK-12 levels. With this solicitation, the National Science Foundation (NSF) focuses on researcher-practitioner partnerships (RPPs) that foster the research and development needed to bring CS and CT to all schools.

JOST Call for Papers: Special Issue on Computational Thinking from a Disciplinary Perspective

CALL FOR PAPERS: Journal of Science Education and Technology (JOST) Special issue on Computational Thinking from a Disciplinary Perspective: Integrating Computational Thinking in K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education.

Important Dates


CSforAll + Research-Practice Partnerships Workshop

March 1-2, Chicago (co-hosted by Northwestern)
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STELAR Webinar: Unpacking Computational Thinking & CT's Role in Interdisciplinary Learning

Computational Thinking and CT have become a buzz word and buzz acronym in schools and education systems worldwide, yet is still a phrase that invokes confusion and debate. This 2-part webinar unpacked CT and discussed it in the context of non-CS disciplinary learning.

In Part 1, Dr. Shuchi Grover provided an encore (with a few relevant contextual edits) of her keynote address to 700 heads of schools in New Delhi in September 2017. She discussed:

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How Baltimore Is Growing Its Tech Gurus From Scratch

The Digital Harbor Foundation, recent recipient of ITEST funding, was featured last month in Politico Magazine's "What Works" series. Digital Harbor, a non-profit maker-space laboratory located in Baltimore, is teaching area youth to learn STEM by doing, and having fun: 


NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Discovery Research PreK-12: Advancing STEM+Computing

Dear Colleague Letter: Discovery Research PreK-12: Advancing STEM+Computing (NSF 17-149)

Advanced Bioinformatics: Genetic Research (Bio-ITEST)

The Bio-ITEST genetic research curriculum unit explores how bioinformatics is used to perform genetic research. Specifically, the bioinformatics tools of BLAST, ORFinder, ClustalW and Cn3D are used to analyze genetic sequences. The cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 (COI) gene is introduced as the “DNA barcoding” gene that allows for identification of species. Students examine DNA sequences from different animal species, investigate the relationship between protein structure and function, and explore evolutionary relationships among eukaryotic organisms.


Introductory Bioinformatics: Genetic Testing (Bio-ITEST)

The Bio-ITEST genetic testing curriculum explores how bioinformatics is applied to genetic testing. Specifically, the bioinformatics tools of BLAST and Cn3D are used to investigate the genetic and molecular consequences of a mutation to the Breast Cancer Susceptibility 1 (BRCA1) gene. Students are also introduced to principles-based bioethics in order to support their thoughtful consideration of the many social and ethical implications of genetic testing. Throughout the unit, students are presented with a number of career options in which the tools of bioinformatics are used.


Bioinformatics Education in High School: Implications for Promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Careers

We investigated the effects of our Bio-ITEST teacher professional development model and bioinformatics curricula on cognitive traits (awareness, engagement, self-efficacy, and relevance) in high school teachers and students that are known to accompany a developing interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) careers.