March 05, 2019

Author: Michael McKelvey
Contributors: Katie Rich, Todd Lash

SIGCSE 2019 - 50th Celebration!

This past weekend, our team presented at the Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education (SIGCSE) annual conference for 2019. We were treated to a true Minneapolis winter experience, replete with snow, freezing temperatures, and more snow. Fortunately, our motto is: “when life hands you atmospheric water vapor frozen into ice crystals…stay inside, make hot chocolate, and talk about computational thinking.“

Our project was pleased to debut our latest learning trajectory paper on Debugging, contribute a poster on Building Trust in CS Research-Practice Partnerships, participate in a panel on accessibility in K-12 CS Education, and speak on equity in implementation of CS in K-8 Classrooms. Plus, as a prelude to all of this, LTEC Co-PI Diana Franklin participated in the RESPECT 2019 (co-located with SIGCSE 2019) keynote panel, sharing her perspective on providing foundational research to bring CS/CT to a broader audience.

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Extending computer science beyond the classroom

January 25, 2019

Author: Feiya Luo
Contributors: John Hampton, Ruohan Liu, Wei Yan, Maya Israel

This blog post is being cross-posted from the CTRL (Creative Technology Research Lab) site. To see the original blog post, please visit CTRL: Extending computer science beyond the classroom.

Children programming Dash to perform tasks using the tow/push bar extension
Photo taken at Broward County Schools CS Education Week 2018

This summer, I implemented a research study that used the Dash robotics to teach science and coding at a local elementary school summer camp. I had kids in my classes from different school districts in the Southeastern part of the United States. In the last class, I asked the kids how they liked learning coding and science, and besides showing enthusiasm, two kids asked me if I could do the research study again at their school, one said she was really sad that the class was coming to an end, and one was proud because her parents were going to buy her a Dash robot as a birthday gift.

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2017 NSF STEM for All Video Showcases

September 27, 2017

Earlier this summer the LTEC project participated in the 2017 NSF STEM for All Video Showcase. The showcase provides the opportunity for Federally funded projects to share their work in STEM and CS education. In addition to displaying the videos, the initiative invites the community to engage with the presenters on each videos page through discussion.

Please take a minute to catch up on what’s been going on with LTEC, here

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