Share Paper: Engagement in physical computing for the primary classroom: the BBC Micro:bit experience

  1. Stavros Nikou, University of Strathclyde, School of Education, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, United Kingdom
  2. Robert Collins, University of Strathclyde, School of Education, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, United Kingdom
  3. Martyn Hendry, University of Strathclyde, School of Education, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, United Kingdom
Tuesday, June 23 3:45 PM-4:00 PM Room 4

Abstract: Computational thinking is an essential skill for 21st century learners. Many efforts have been made to support and enhance computer science instruction in formal and informal educational settings. However, it remains a challenge to engage students in algorithmic design and computer programming. Physical computing, the approach of computer-human interaction design that links computer programming with the physical world, promises to increase student motivation and engagement. However, the nature of student engagement in physical computing activities has not been extensively studied. The main aim of this study is to investigate the nature of primary school students engagement in physical computing activities ...