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
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