Facilitating Creative Processes through a Culturally Responsive Computing Summer Camp
Abstract: The West Metropolitan Virtual Reality (WMVR) summer camp was designed to engage minoritized K-12 participants in coding and designing virtual reality environments while facilitating their critical thinking and problem solving skills, which will be collectively referred to as “creative processes.” Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the researchers redesigned the in-person WMVR Camp to be implemented entirely online and to adapt to the changing contextual needs of summer camp participants in the summer of 2020. In this tech demo, the researchers will highlight strategies utilized in the redesigned virtual summer camp to engage participants in computer programming using virtual tools and platforms. During the teaching demonstration, attendees will have the opportunity to explore CoSpaces Edu, the online platform participants used to design and code virtual environments. The researchers will provide an overview of CoSpaces and describe and demonstrate curricular augmentations that were developed and implemented to encourage creative processes through WMVR. This teaching demonstration may benefit K-12 educators and curricular designers interested in the implementation of learning environments adapted to pandemic contexts, particularly those with a focus on minoritized populations, computer programming, creative processes, or summer camp education.