Share Paper: Fostering Computational Thinking and Student Engagement in the Literacy Classroom through Pop-up Makerspaces

  1. Laurie O Campbell, The University of Central Florida, United States
  2. Samantha Heller, The University of Central Florida, United States
  3. Brandi Goodman, The University of Central Florida, United States
Thursday, March 29 11:50 AM-12:10 PM Banneker

Abstract: The inclusion of makerspaces in K-12 learning environments has been explored as a way to encourage computational thinking skills through experiential and active learning approaches Pop-up Makerspaces provide teachers opportunities to integrate computational thinking skills into their classroom despite these limitations Through a mixed-methods analysis, this study analyzed the effect of Pop-up Makerspaces on student’s perception of computational thinking in a high school literacy class and the student’s perception of engagement in the STEM based activity Participants (n=76) in ninth grade high school English Language classes engaged in four problem-based tasks related to The Odyssey The students’ perception of engagement ...