Looking Inside the Black Box: Integrating Coding into K12 STEM Education

1:30PM - 2:15PM
Student-Alumni Council Room

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Despite the success of Code.org and Hour of Code, relatively little content currently exists to integrate coding into intro STEM courses even though computer science is now designated as a K12 “core subject.” With this in mind, the STEMcoding project (u.osu.edu/stemcoding) created “The Physics of Video Games” hour of code activity (go.osu.edu/hourofcode) and launched a coding-focused YouTube channel (go.osu.edu/STEMtube). Importantly, these tutorials feature a high percentage of underrepresented groups in STEM and the activities use an in-browser JavaScript-based coding framework (p5js.org) that works on virtually all web-enabled devices. Come to our session for a discussion of best practices on what makes for a fun, engaging coding activity that illustrates scientific ideas, and bring a laptop so you can try a brief coding exercise.