By: Xiaodan Tang We experience (and are now probably tired of) many exams when we go to school. Everyone usually faces this dilemma: we understand every word that our teachers said in class, and every concept in the textbook, but we still don’t know how to answer questions presented in the test. Sometimes we are struggling … More A Journey to the Assessment
By: Germania Solorzano At this point in our process, I’m struck by the importance of definitions, which is ironic since Computational Thinking doesn’t have one universally agreed upon definition. But in coding observations from last year’s summer program, a small team of us discussed the sometimes minute sometimes large differences in how we defined certain … More Defining CT is Hard.
By: Yue Yin, Ph.D., Co-PI Our Goal and Plan: Our project aims to improve computational thinking skills as well as physics and engineering learning through maker activities and formative assessments in both informal and formal educational settings. As shown in the diagram, we take three major steps to achieve our project goals: Develop and refine activities … More Where have we been and where are we going?
By: Kate Thomas Much of our work involves collaboration and group thinking. This task requires patience and a deep commitment to communication. We represent very diverse backgrounds and expertise, so when we sift through data, we are essentially sifting through the complexity of the literature in the fields of computational thinking, cultural responsiveness and physics … More Slow Thinking
Evaluator: Mila Kachovska, PhD, MBA Do differences make you tremble in anticipation of excitement? How likely is an individual to accept the challenges of the constantly changing environments and increasingly diverse world that erases differences between people and cultures? How does cultural intelligence affect our acceptance or non-acceptance of differences around us? How does our … More The Same On The Inside, Different On The Outside
After a short hiatus, and well deserved break, our teams are back at it! We have been observing educators, diligently working on our lesson plans, and developing culturally responsive resources. While we still have a lot of work to do, but we have come a very long way! To date we have completed the following: Lesson plans … More We’re back!