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Friday, July 28 • 1:15pm - 3:45pm
Computational Thinking in the STEM Classroom

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The essence of computational thinking (CT) is thinking about data and ideas, and using and combining these resources to solve problems. Teachers can encourage students to “think computationally” by moving STEM projects beyond “using” tools and information toward “creating” tools and information. SImulations and modeling help students create information. CT asks students to identify a problem and harness the computer to help solve it. This session will explore how  tools like ODyssey, Algodoo, Desmos, and GIS can help students develop understanding. We will look at tools to collect and express data as well as tools to teach algorithmic thinking. Ways to use programming to solve and create will be considered.



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Elizabeth Helfant

Coordinator of Pedagogical Innovation, MICDS
Elizabeth Helfant is the Coordinator of Curricular and Pedagogical Innovation at the Mary Institute and St. Louis Country Day School (MICDS), a JK-12 school of 1250 students in Missouri. Following graduation from Davidson College in 1984, Ms Helfant began her career in education teaching... Read More →



Friday July 28, 2017 1:15pm - 3:45pm
Jane Woodruff Hall 129

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