Share Paper: Professional Development for Middle School Teachers to Promote Computational Thinking for Populations Underrepresented in STEM Fields

  1. Matthew Duvall, Drexel University, United States
  2. Frank Lee, Drexel University, United States
  3. Brian Smith, Drexel University, United States
Wednesday, March 28 2:25-2:45 PM Bell

Abstract: This paper describes a pilot study of a professional development (PD) program for middle school teachers. The PD aims to assist educators with introducing computational thinking to their students using a custom programming tool and website that allows students to program video games using Python and play them on a virtual skyscraper. The design and development of technology and PD for computational thinking is an under-researched area, and this case study demonstrates one approach for creating effective training for teachers.