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: 

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Concord Consortium Data Science Education Webinar

Join ITEST colleagues at the Concord Consortium on Tuesday, May 30, as they host Cliff Konold of the Scientific Reasoning Research Institute for a 2-hour webinar about data science education. Cliff will lead a discussion of the article “Modeling as a core component of structuring data” (Konold, Finzer, & Kreetong, in press), which describes research on student understanding of and ability to organize complex data for analysis.

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NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Growing Convergence Research at NSF

Growing Convergence Research at the National Science Foundation (NSF) is one of 10 Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments. NSF seeks to highlight the value of convergence as a process for catalyzing new research directions and advancing scientific discovery and innovation. This Dear Colleague Letter describes an initial set of opportunities to explore Convergence approaches within four of the research-focused NSF Big Ideas:
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National Science Foundation: Director of the Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure

NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION: Office Director, Office of Advanced Cyberinfrastructure, OAC

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Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry

The Innovative Technology in Science Inquiry project engages students in STEM activities through the integrated use of technologies that include modeling, computational thinking, and real-time data acquisition. This comprehensive project will assist teachers in preparing diverse students for STEM careers by engaging them in exciting, inquiry-based science projects.

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Scalable Game Design: A Strategy to Bring Systemic Computer Science Education to Schools through Game Design and Simulation Creation

An educated citizenry that participates in and contributes to science technology engineering and mathematics innovation in the 21st century will require broad literacy and skills in computer science (CS). School systems will need to give increased attention to opportunities for students to engage in computational thinking and ways to promote a deeper understanding of how technologies and software are used as design tools. However, K-12 students in the United States are facing a broken pipeline for CS education.

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Using Robotics and Game Design to Enhance Children’s Self-Efficacy, STEM Attitudes, and Computational Thinking Skills

This paper describes the findings of a pilot study that used robotics and game design to develop middle school students’ computational thinking strategies. One hundred and twenty-four students engaged in LEGO® EV3 robotics and created games using Scalable Game Design software. The results of the study revealed students’ pre–post self-efficacy scores on the construct of computer use declined significantly, while the constructs of videogaming and computer gaming remained unchanged.

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National Science Foundation STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C) Program Solicitation

As computing has become an integral part of the practice of modern science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), the STEM + Computing Partnerships program seeks to address the urgent need to prepare students from the early grades through high school in the essential skills, competencies, and dispositions needed to succeed in a computationally-dependent world.

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ACM SIGCSE 2017 Symposium - Inspire, Innovate, Improve!

The ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) SIGSE (Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education) welcomes colleagues from around the world to join them for the 2017 Symposium in Seattle, WA from March 8-11, 2017.

The SIGCSE Technical Symposium addresses problems common among educators working to develop, implement and/or evaluate computing programs, curricula, and courses. The symposium provides a forum for sharing new ideas for syllabi, laboratories, and other elements of teaching and pedagogy, at all levels of instruction.

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National Science Foundation: Building Community and Capacity in Data Intensive Research in Education (BCC-EHR)

As part of NSF's Cyberinfrastructure Framework for 21st Century Science and Engineering (CIF21) activity, the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) seeks to enable research communities to develop visions, teams, and capabilities dedicated to creating new, large-scale, next-generation data resources and relevant analytic techniques to advance fundamental research for areas of research covered by EHR programs.

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