STEM+C PI Summit

Session Details

Breakout Sessions

Thursday, Sept 19 (See specific times below)
Room Time Description Session
Edison F & G 10:15-12:15

CT across STEM Disciplines (A double session)
This session focuses on how computational thinking has been defined, operationalized and assessed in projects that span mathematics, biology, and ecology. In the first hour, strand chairs introduce the goal of the session, and presenters describe their projects. In the second hour, the same presenters describe the ways in which they are assessing learning, and how they have worked to align design and assessment.


Beth Covitt (earth and environmental systems), Gillian Puttick (climate change), Debra Bernstein (biomimicry/engineering, robotics), Joyce Malyn-Smith (Framework for CT in Disciplinary Learning), Irene Lee and Shuchi Grover (CT synthesis), Andee Rubin (data science).

(Session 6)
Edison D 10:15-12:15

Learning Environments for the Integration of CT and STEM Learning (A double session)
This session will focus on the design of cross-curricular contexts for integrating computational thinking into STEM learning environments. Lisa Hardy will discuss opportunities and questions that arise when supporting student agency in science classrooms that involve data and data production. Luke Conlin will discuss work on Evidence-Centered Design and domain modeling languages to promote synergistic STEM and CT learning in the science classroom. Dazhi Yang will address teacher training settings and the design of curricula for learning computational thinking in the context of STEM education, and Melissa Gresalfi will address the design of a programming environment that incorporates STEM learning as well as the Arts. Pérez will lead a general discussion and Q&A.


Arnulfo Pérez (Facilitator); Luke Conlin, Lisa Hardy, Melissa Gresalfi, Dazhi Yang

(Session 1)
Wright 10:15-11:10

Challenges in Equity, Access and Broadening Participation
Three projects will present ways in which address challenges in equity, access, and broadening participation:

  • Foregrounding Agency versus Structure as Models for Designing Integrated Mathematics and Computational Thinking Curriculum. With a focus on Arts Melissa Gresalfi will discuss Foregrounding Agency versus Structure as Models for Designing Integrated Mathematics and Computational Thinking Curriculum.
  • InSPECT. Colin Dixon will discuss experiences bringing computational tools to high school biology. He will also discuss how computational tools and data can play a role in furthering agency and equity.
  • Integration of Computing with Electronic Textiles to Improve Teaching and Learning of Electronics in Secondary Science. Colby Tofel-Grehl will discuss ways making can break down pre-existing biases and engage teachers in better practices that are more equitable for the larger community.


Chris Crawford and Christopher Wright (Facilitators); Colin Dixon, Melissa Gresalfi, Colby Tofel-Grehl

(Session 3)
Wright 1:15-2:10

Ways of Assessing CT in Different Settings: Town Hall
This focus of this Town Hall session will be to gain insights on challenges, opportunities, and promising approaches on equity, access and broadening participation. An open discussion will provide attendees an opportunity to share experiences and suggestions for advancing equity, access and broadening participation objectives.


Chris Crawford and Christopher Wright

(Session 4)
Wright 1:15-2:10

Ways of Assessing CT in Different Settings
Is there only one way to assess CT? Four projects will open discussions on assessment by sharing their experiences in assessing CT: Jody Clarke-Midura will share her work on Assessment & Coding in Kindergarten, Eric Greenwald on Operationalizing CT in Science for Measurement Purposes, Dazhi Yang on Measurement of CT in informal PBL, and Mimi Recker on assessing CT in School-based evaluation of an RPP.


Jody Clarke-Midura, Eric Greenwald, Mimi Recker, Dazhi Yang

(Session 5)
Edison F & G 1:15-2:10

Assessment Tools
This session will present specific assessment tools and provide time to start an assessment corpus for others to fill in. Presenters will share assessment tools developed and their user experiences. Presenters include Kathi Fisler on Integrated math & CT learning assessment, Irene Lee and Emma Anderson on Artifact-based interviews and the KS-CT survey, Shuchi Grover will discuss an Assessment tool designed for specific CT elements (that are especially relevant to integration involving coding/computational modeling); Rachel Adler and Brittany Pines will present a rubric for assessing CT in pre-service teachers.


Shuchi Grover and Irene Lee (Facilitators); Kathi Fisler, Irene Lee, Emma Anderson, Shuchi Grover, Rachel Adler, Brittany Pines

(Session 8)
Edison E 1:15-2:10

Computational Modeling
The session offers an opportunity for projects that are defining “computational thinking” to come together and share ways each of us is bounding this broadly conceived construct. This will be an informal discussion in which we share our work with the goal of developing common frameworks and terminology for various subsets of “computational thinking,” as well as identifying problems and challenges we all have faced.


Chris Dede

(Session 2)
Banneker 1:15-2:10

CT in PreK and Elementary STEM
CT integration in preK through elementary grades will be the focus of this session. The first segment will present challenges and strategies involving a mathematics + CT integrated curriculum in 3rd and 4th grade on fractions. Diana Franklin will present results showing challenges on the student learning side, specifically involved with differentiation with two different subjects. Maya Israel will present results related to teaching integrated activities. Finally, Heather Lavigne will lead a presentation and discussion about what computational thinking could look like for preK.


Diana Franklin (Facilitator); Diana Franklin, Maya Israel, Heather Lavigne

(Session 7)