Introducing Computational Thinking Through Stealth TeachingIEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE) (2014)
"The demand for additional engineering and computing degree graduates continue to increase; however, interest in pursuing these degrees is not matching the predicated demand. More specifically, attracting US students in engineering and computing field has always been a challenge; this is particularly true for female and minority students. Factors such as the “geek image”, a demanding mathematical foundation, lack of “gee whiz” element early in the curriculum, and overall misconception about the career in these areas are all contributors to this problem.
This paper describes some of our activities associated with the introduction of Computational Thinking (CT) concepts to middle and high schools. The central tenet of the project is to entice students in grade 6-12 to learn
some fundamental and advance topics in engineering and computing field, thereby recognizing their own ability to understand the computing and engineering topics, and potentially recognizing their interest in such topics and potential further education and career in these fields."--From the paper.
- computational thinking,
- computer science for K-12,
- stealth teaching,
- teaching through games
Publication DateOctober, 2014
Citation InformationM. Towhidnejad, C. Kestler, S. Jafer and V. Nicholas. "Introducing Computational Thinking Through Stealth Teaching" IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (FIE) (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/shafagh_jafer/8/