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JAMES LESTER

North Carolina State University, Center for Educational Informatics

ENGAGE: A Game-based Curricular Strategy for Infusing Computational Thinking ...

NSF Awards: 1640141

2018 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8

The Engage project leverages emerging advances in game-based learning to create computationally rich middle grade science education that seamlessly integrates science problem solving and computation. Deeply infusing computational thinking into science curricula holds significant transformative potential for middle school science education, and middle grade science offers an ideal context to explore how students’ emerging science knowledge and abilities can be enriched with computational thinking practices. By situating computationally rich science problem solving in interactive narratives, we are investigating how game-based learning environments can create effective and engaging learning experiences that motivate students to solve challenging science problems and acquire the standards-based science and engineering skills that prominently feature computational tools and complex data manipulation.

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