June 23, 2013
June 23, 2013
June 26, 2013
K-12 & Pre-College Engineering
23.317.1 - 23.317.12
Computational Thinking in K-12 Schools Using Hands-on ActivitiesIt is common knowledge that computing education lacks diversity and enrollments in computerscience have plummeted. Recent reports have shown that there is a lack of interest in computerscience in the K-12 level and number of incoming college freshmen specifying ComputerScience (CS) as a major has dropped 60% over the last 4 years. Top universities such asCarnegie Mellon, Rutgers, Stanford, and the University of California, Berkeley reportsignificantly fewer degrees awarded in Computer Science in recent years. The educators andadministrators are challenged to find ways to engage and promote success and retention ofstudents while maintaining standards in introductory computer science courses.One way to do this is through education and awareness about computational thinking in K-12curriculum and one such initiative is the STARS (Students & Technology in Academia, Research& Service) Student Leadership Corps (SLC). STARS SLC is a NSF funded initiative atUniversity of North Carolina at Charlotte with the primary objective of broadening participationin computing through best practices and community building. SC State is a participatinguniversity in this initiative. SC State’s STARS SLC is designed to increase awareness about computational thinking in K-12schools through hands on activities such as designing effective presentations, web design,robotics exercises, algorithmic thinking through the use of Flowchart software Raptor andnumber systems games. The hope is that these activities will enhance participation of women,under-represented minorities, and persons with disabilities in computing discipline and hencemission of STARS Alliance. SC State’s STARS SLC aims to encourage and inform students atall levels on the various computing careers that are available to them.The objective of this paper is to share our STARS SLC outreach and other activities, its successand lessons learned with the engineering, science, and computing community.
Swain, N., & Moses, W., & Anderson, J. A., & Davis, C. T. (2013, June), Computational Thinking in K-12 Schools Using Hands-on Activities Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. https://peer.asee.org/19331
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