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Work in Progress: Activating Computational Thinking by Engineering and Coding Activities Through Distance Education

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Electrical and Computer Division Technical Session 2

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Salih Sarp Virginia Commonwealth University

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Salih Sarp is a Ph.D. student in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Virginia Commonwealth University, USA. Currently, he is developing AI applications and sensor fusion models. Previously, he received his BS degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from Dogus University, Istanbul, Turkey, and MS degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from The George Washington University, USA. His research interests include embedded systems, machine learning, tinyML, deep learning, computer vision, blockchain and smart grid.

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Hilmi Demirhan University of North Carolina Charlotte

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Ahmet Akca

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Fatih Balki

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Selva Ceylan

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Computational thinking as a research domain and teaching subject has received the attention of researchers, policymakers, and teachers over the last decade, all over the world. Although computational thinking involves the problem-solving process, the implementation of computational thinking in daily instruction is not seen very often in many countries. The purpose of this research was to investigate the development of computational thinking in middle school students by using engineering problems and coding activities via distance education in Turkey. Participants were 30 middle school students from the Marmara region of Turkey. This study is a part of a larger study. This study utilized a mixed-method study and data were collected by using both quantitative and qualitative methods. In data collection, the quantitative part used different instruments such as statistical analyses. Interviews, observations, and student artifacts are included in the qualitative part. Findings reveal that different activities had an impact on the different factors of computational thinking. Study results will be discussed in detail.

Sarp, S., & Demirhan, H., & Akca, A., & Balki, F., & Ceylan, S. (2021, July), Work in Progress: Activating Computational Thinking by Engineering and Coding Activities Through Distance Education Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--38119

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