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  1. Joan Freese
  2. PI, SciGirls Code
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  4. Twin Cities Public Television
  1. Sarah Carter
  2. Manager, STEM Media & Education
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  4. Twin Cities Public Television
  1. Katie Hessen
  2. STEM Content and Outreach Specialist
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  4. Twin Cities Public Television
  1. Cassandra Scharber
  2. Associate Professor of Learning Technologies
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  4. University of Minnesota
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SciGirls Code: A National Connected Learning Model to Integrate Computing in ...

NSF Awards: 1543209

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8

SciGirls Code, a pilot program funded by the National Science Foundation STEM + C program, uses principles of connected learning with 16 STEM outreach partners to provide 160 girls and their 32 leaders with computational thinking and coding skills. To reach this goal, SciGirls developed:

  • a nine-month curriculum centering on three tracks—mobile apps, robotics, and e-textiles;
  • role model training for female technology professionals;
  • professional development for STEM educators;
and
  • a research component that investigates the ways in which computational learning experiences impact the development of computational thinking as well as interest and attitudes toward computer science (CS).

Connected learning is a learner-focused approach that harnesses the advances and innovations of our connected age to serve learning. Connected learning seeks to integrate three spheres of learning that are often disconnected in young people’s lives: peer culture, interests, and academic content.

The SciGirls Code research study investigates the ways in which computational learning experiences impact the development of computational thinking, interest, and attitudes toward computer science. Research questions are:

  • How do computational learning experiences impact the development of computational thinking? [learning]
  • How does engaging in computational learning experiences impact interest in and attitudes towards computer science? [interest] 

  • How does engaging in computational participation practices impact learners’ perspectives of self and world? [participation]

SciGirls Code partners include the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP), the University of Minnesota Learning Technologies Media Lab, SciGirls CONNECT partner programs and an advisory board of practitioners, CS researchers, and learning scientists. An independent program evaluation will be conducted by EDC.

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