Blocks, Stickers, and Jigsaw Puzzles: Building Computational Literacy Skills for our ‘Next-Gen’ Scientists

Michael Horn, Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Learning Sciences; School of Education and Social Policy; McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science, Northwestern University

The nature of science is changing. More than ever scientists use sophisticated computational tools and massive amounts of data to pursue research that was unimaginable a generation ago. From genome sequencing to searching for planets beyond our solar system, computation has become an indispensable tool. But these profound changes in the nature of science also raise important questions about how we should go about preparing the next generation of researchers, engineers, teachers, and policy makers:

• How can our various educational institutions (including schools, museums, and out-of-school programs) do a better job reflecting the computational nature of modern science?

• By using computational tools how can science become more satisfying and effective for our youth?

• How do we engage broad and diverse audiences in a computational future?

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WEDNESDAY, September 16, 2015
6:30—8:00 pm
The Firehouse Grill, 2nd Floor
750 Chicago Ave., Evanston 60202

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Blocks, Stickers, and Jigsaw Puzzles
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WHAT IS SCIENCE CAFE?

Science Cafe is a forum for the discussion of important and interesting scientific issues. They are informal and accessible - much more so than a public lecture. It's an opportunity to gather with old and new friends in a relaxed atmosphere while participating in a program of very cool scientific 'stuff'! No cover charge, EVER!

WHO WILL BE THERE?

Audiences consist of people who are interested in science but generally never have the opportunity to discuss their views with, and ask questions of, someone "in the know". No scientific knowledge is assumed by the speakers, so anyone can participate.

WHAT HAPPENS AT A SCIENCE CAFE?

Cafes start with an engaging talk from the research scientist who introduces the topic. It is not a lecture, so anyone can ask a question, and positively welcomed will be those which begin "This might be a stupid question, but ..." These questions are invariably not stupid and often rather insightful.


WHERE AND WHEN?

Our Science Café Evanston is scheduled to be held typically on the third or fourth Wednesday each month, September through May, and takes place between 6:30 and 8:00 pm at the Firehouse Grill in Evanston.

LOCATION

6:30—8:00 pm
The Firehouse Grill
750 Chicago Ave., Evanston 60202

CONTACT US

Email us with your questions.
sigma-xi@northwestern.edu.
If you have any ideas for programs, please let us know.