1. Chris Orban
  2. http://go.osu.edu/STEMtube
  3. Assistant Professor
  5. STEMcoding Project, Ohio State University
  1. Richelle Teeling-Smith
  2. Assistant Professor
  4. University of Mount Union, STEMcoding Project

STEMcoding project

Meggers Award 2017

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

We present a curriculum for high school physics that integrates coding into the course through simple video games. Unlike video game development activities designed only to teach computer science, our emphasis here is on the physics of the game and accurately representing the real world. In this way the activities are closely coupled to the typical sequence of physics topics in a typical high school physics class. This is done in the spirit of treating computer science as a core subject. We are also working to assess how much conceptual knowledge that students gain from completing these activities. Importantly, our coding tutorial videos include a high percentage of underrepresented groups in STEM in order to reflect the reality that all different kinds of people pursue STEM careers. These videos are also an important resource for teachers who may be unfamiliar with coding. Our STEM for all video submission highlights our hour of code activity, which code.org estimates may be suitable for students as young as 6th grade. The activity was designed to fit well with a physical science class.

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