Using scaffolded examples to teach computational thinking concepts

Heidi C. Webb, Mary Beth Rosson

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Abstract

In this paper we describe a set of computing activities that were used in an outreach enrichment program for middle school girls. The computing activities used a combination of scaffolded examples and minimalist workbooks to introduce and support interaction with computational thinking (CT) concepts, including problem solving abstraction and basic computational vocabulary. We describe the activities briefly, followed by a discussion of the girls' experiences, drawing primarily from interviews conducted at the end of each activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSIGCSE 2013 - Proceedings of the 44th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
Pages95-100
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event44th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2013 - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: Mar 6 2013Mar 9 2013

Other

Other44th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2013
CountryUnited States
CityDenver, CO
Period3/6/133/9/13

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Education

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Webb, H. C., & Rosson, M. B. (2013). Using scaffolded examples to teach computational thinking concepts. In SIGCSE 2013 - Proceedings of the 44th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (pp. 95-100)