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  1. Sherry Hsi
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  3. Senior Research Scientist
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  5. Concord Consortium
  1. Colin Dixon
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  3. Research Associate
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  5. Concord Consortium
  1. Thomas Farmer
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  3. Curriculum Developer
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  5. Concord Consortium
  1. Lisa Hardy
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  3. Research Associate
  4. Presenter’s NSFRESOURCECENTERS
  5. Concord Consortium
  1. Natalya St. Clair
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  3. Research Associate/Project Coordinator
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  5. Concord Consortium

Integrated Science Practices Enhanced by Computational Thinking (InSPECT)

NSF Awards: 1640054

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 9-12

The InSPECT project has dual aims of supporting the integration of computational thinking (CT) in experimental science with a novel technology-enhanced curriculum, and examining how students engage in CT using these tools for inquiry. This project focuses on biology high school students who used Dataflow – a digital tool for experimental control and data acquisition using Internet-of-Thing sensors. The nature of science and scientists’ use of computational tools serve as our lens for viewing and understanding students’ practices. Interviews helped manifest students’ ideas about data, their ecocolumn experimentation, and the nature of scientific practice. Our results suggest that computational modeling tools should be designed not only to help students grapple with the concepts underlying scientific phenomena, but to grapple with the complexity of real-world sensor data. Second, we find that tools for integrating and supporting computational thinking within the domain of Biology can evoke students’ prior experiences with computational tools in other domains.

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