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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LTEC Staff Profile: Judy Rocke

September 07, 2017

Name: Judy Rocke

LTEC Role: I am a Mathematics/CS Lesson Plan Editor. In this role I help develop and edit lessons which incorporate coding into the mathematics curriculum. I also support teachers as they use these lessons in their classrooms. This allows me to see firsthand how students work through each activity.

Professional Background: My background is in middle school education with an emphasis in mathematics. I taught a self-contained fifth grade class for 22 years in a rural district in Illinois. All the while I was interested in furthering my knowledge. I assisted in the development of Illinois Assessment Frameworks for fifth grade mathematics, and I worked for several years with ISAT Assessments. Many years ago, I began my partnership with the University of Illinois and began writing Mathematics Materials for Tomorrow’s Teachers (M2T2), the ideas of which I incorporated into my classroom. Technology became a particular interest to me which led me to Lenny Pitt and Jana Sebestik. Together we wrote three 4H manuals, the first of which is called Discovering Computer Science & Programming through Scratch. Currently I am developing and editing classroom-ready activities using Scratch to enhance elementary mathematic curriculum.

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