1. Steven Moore
  2. http://www.redlands.edu/study/schools-and-centers/CSS/meet-our-team/steven-moore/
  3. Director of Spatial Studies
  5. University of Redlands
  1. Mary Moore
  2. Consultant
  4. University of Redlands
  1. Gary Scott
  2. Visiting Professor
  4. University of Redlands

Spatial STEM+C

NSF Awards: 1543204

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades K-6

Spatial thinking is the ability to interpret and describe relationships among objects in a setting, identify patterns in the environment, and mentally manipulate 3D objects and scenes so that they can be visualized from different perspectives.

Spatial thinking skills are highly predictive of success in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The higher people score on spatial thinking assessments, the more likely they are to enter into STEM careers. Spatial thinking training in middle school, high school, and college has been shown to be effective in helping students develop stronger spatial abilities and succeed in gatekeeping STEM subjects and majors. Students who receive such training tend to persist in STEM classes and majors, and thus enter into STEM careers at higher rates than students who do not receive spatial training.

Since 2015, the Spatial STEM+C project has been exploring relationships among spatial thinking, computational thinking, and mathematical abilities in K-5 children. The goal is to identify how these abilities work together so that appropriate interventions can be developed for young children.

This video provides a brief overview of the research being conducted by the Spatial STEM+C project. For more detailed information about the project, please contact us!

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